The average eighteen-wheeler weighs more than 20 tons at full load. Simple math reveals that a vehicle with that much mass traveling at highway speeds packs an incredible amount of energy. And if it should strike another vehicle while moving, that energy is released – often with tragic results.
Speeding by truckers is dangerous. But, sadly, speeding and truck accidents are common occurrences. Some estimates say that more that 25 percent of large truck drivers involved in fatal truck accidents in the U.S. in recent years had at least one prior speeding conviction on their record. And a 2002 study carried out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) found that some 37 percent of all truck accidents were attributable to driver error, with speeding as the most common cause of semi truck accidents.
In the ultra-competitive trucking industry, the pressure on drivers to deliver freight faster than their competitors can be tremendous. But with this increased pressure to deliver freight faster comes more truck accident injuries caused by speeding.
If you are suffering due to a truck accident injury, you should seek legal representation. A licensed attorney can investigate the cause of a semi truck accident and initiate a semi-truck lawsuit to hold negligent drivers and trucking companies financially liable for the truck accidents they cause.