Motorists in Missouri may be affected by the vast number of large commercial trucks for which the state serves, year after year, as a destination, a departure point and a thoroughfare. This is especially true for motorists who have been involved in accidents involving large trucks.
Truck drivers, trucking companies and other parties to the trucking industry must meet high safety standards established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations pertain to anything from proper truck maintenance to drug testing. Here let's discuss some of the safety requirements the FMCSA has established to protect motorists from the inherent dangers posed by large commercial trucks.
We recently discussed the devastation caused by collisions between large trucks and passenger vehicles. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 73 percent of the fatalities caused by truck accidents in 2012 were passenger vehicle occupants.
Occupants of passenger vehicles that collide with large trucks are far more likely to suffer serious injuries than motorists in crashes that involve only cars or other passenger vehicles. Consider the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's statistics from 2012:
Collisions with large commercial vehicles change people's lives in ways they never could have imagined. Suddenly a person seriously injured in a truck accident needs major medical treatment and perhaps is unable to work. If the victim normally contributes to a household income, then the financial damage of the crash may extend to the entire family. All of these problems are in addition to the pain and suffering experienced by the injured person.