If you drive on a regular basis, you need to keep an eye out for other vehicles. Many careless drivers cause accidents and these crashes are especially worrisome when they involve large trucks. Every year, these accidents take place due to a host of factors, such as alcohol use, speeding, fatigue and distracted driving.
Sadly, many large truck crashes result in serious injuries that shatter lives. It is helpful for drivers to review statistics on large truck crash injuries in order to understand the prevalence of these devastating collisions.
Reviewing large truck crashes in Oklahoma and serious injuries
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reports that over the course of 2019, 157 large truck crashes that occurred in counties across the state resulted in serious injuries. Moreover, 81 large truck accidents proved fatal and 495 resulted in minor injuries. More than 5,600 accidents involving large trucks occurred during 2019 in Oklahoma alone.
Looking at factors that cause large truck collisions
Many different risk factors result in large truck accidents. According to OHSO, many truck accidents occur because truckers change lanes improperly, fail to pay attention to the road or drive too fast. Failure to yield, following other vehicles too closely, using lanes improperly, failing to correctly secure loads and driver fatigue also play a role in many crashes.
If you are struggling with the consequences of a serious injury after a truck crash, examine all of the options available to you as you work through your recovery. In some cases, this involves taking a truck driver or trucking company to court.