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How Often is a Truck Driver Responsible for Causing an Accident?

Approximately 87% of the time, according to a study conducted by National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. This study looked at the cause of truck accidents over 33 months at the beginning of the last decade, and drivers were responsible for critical errors that lead to large truck accidents about 87% of the time.

Specifically, the critical reasons for accidents attributed to truck drivers included:
  • Decision: 38% of wrecks occurred because of decisions the driver made such as speeding or following too closely.
  • Recognition: 28% of crashes occurred because a driver was distracted or inattentive.
  • Non-performance: 12% of accidents occurred because of a driver's non-performance such as falling asleep at the wheel or suffering a medical emergency.
  • Performance: 9% of accidents occurred because of a driver's reaction such as a panicking or overcompensating.

If you have been hurt in a Georgia truck accident, then it is important to understand what caused your injuries and whether you are entitled to damages. Please contact a Marietta truck attorney at 1.70.518.1133 for more information.