Over the past two decades, the number of commercial truck accidents has increased by twenty percent. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in one year, over 5,000 individuals died and more than 130,000 people were injured in accidents that involved a large truck. Commercial trucking accidents cause much greater injuries than normal traffic accidents due to their extreme size and weight of most commercial trucks.
There are many common causes of trucking accidents. The most common cause of trucking accidents is driver error and mechanical error prior to the trip. Mechanical problems, including defective tires, defective brakes, or defective design errors often cause serious accidents resulting in serious harm to others on the roadway. The commercial trucking industry is both under-staffed in drivers and mechanics. This need for well-qualified drivers and mechanics has caused such a large increase in accidents by commercial trucks.