Bad driving habits are a widespread issue in the trucking industry. Many truckers in Arizona, as elsewhere, feel that it's fine to speed, drive while using their cell phone and drive in a drowsy state of mind. Others may grow negligent because they are urged on by the promise of by-the-load incentives. Unfortunately, these habits are largely behind the increase in truck accidents.
Dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks have respectively seen a 9 and 9.6 percent rise in the number of serious accidents. This is according to a report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that compared accident rates between 2015 and 2016, the latest year for which complete data is available. There were 8,206 dump truck accidents so serious that the truck was towed away. Tow-away accidents among concrete trucks numbered 838 in 2016.
In all, 5,483 dump truck accidents involved injuries: a 2.7 percent increase from the previous year. Concrete delivery trucks experienced a 3.8 percent increase in such crashes. The FMCSA also reports 367 fatal dump truck crashes (down from 369) and 38 fatal ready-mix concrete truck crashes (up from 33).
Improvements in technology and more effective driver safety campaigns helped in lowering truck accident rates in the early 2000s. It appears, however, that further efforts to do something about bad driving habits have stalled.
Those who are injured in motor vehicle accidents through little or no fault of their own may have good grounds for a personal injury claim. In Arizona, even those who are 99 percent at fault can file a claim. Of course, being awarded damages is another matter; victims will want a lawyer to negotiate for them with the defendant's auto insurance company. Personal injury lawyers usually have a network of professionals who can investigate the crash and gather the necessary proof of negligence.