Trucks involved in accidents can cause a lot of damage. The sheer size and force of a truck, especially when driving at higher speeds on the highway, can seriously injury or kill other drivers involved in accidents.
Of all the causes of truck accidents, drug use is the biggest, including illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and even over the counter medications. About 26% of all truck accidents involve a driver under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs, while another 18% were influenced by over the counter medications.
Truck drivers are commonly driving is unfamiliar areas, and 22% of accidents happen in those places. Speeding, distracted driving, and aggressive driving caused by road rage all contribute to truck accidents on the road.
These different causes of truck accidents don’t exist in silos. Rather, more than one reason is often behind truck accidents, and sometimes it’s when multiple risks pile up on top of each other that deadly mistakes are made.
A Washington personal injury attorney can provide more information about your rights after a truck accident.