The latest statistics on truck accidents show that there was an eight percent increase in commercial truck fatalities in 2015. More than 3,800 people were killed in truck wrecks, with 15 percent of those deaths involving pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.
Commercial trucks are bigger, longer and heavier than passenger vehicles, so it is more difficult for drivers to bring these vehicles to a stop.
This is especially true when it comes to school zones, in which drivers must practice safe driving to avoid tragic accidents.
In fact, there are five teen pedestrian fatalities each week in the U.S., and there has been a 13% increase in the pedestrian death rate for 12-19 year olds since 2013.
Part of the problem is that the use of mobile devices among teens and preteens has skyrocketed in the past decade, which means more students who walk in school zones are distracted by texting, browsing or chatting on the phone.
This type of inattention increases the chances of an accident, especially when truck drivers in school zones are not practicing safe driving.
Preventing Truck Accidents In School Zones
More than 50 million children use school zones each year in the U.S, and while most of them walk, others ride skateboards and bicycles.
And according to a recent survey, 45 percent of vehicles fail to come to a complete stop at a school zone stop sign, and 37 percent roll through the stop sign.
Commercial trucks represent a bigger danger, because of their size and the lack of maneuverability these vehicles have compared to smaller cars.
To prevent trucks from striking school children, some districts have posted law enforcement officers at school zones during peak hours, which is typically between 3 pm and 4 pm. The presence of police officers can act as a deterrent to unsafe driving behavior.
In addition, truck drivers are advised to take a few extra seconds when they arrive at a stop sign in a school zone to ensure that no children run out in the road unexpectedly. Another important safety tip is that truck drivers must obey speed limits in school zones, which are usually 20 mph or less. Fatality rates of pedestrians hit by vehicles traveling 30 mph in a school zone increase to 45 percent. The fatality rate increases to 80 percent when vehicles in school zones travel 40 mph.
Hiring a Truck Accident Lawyer
School zones are an area where commercial truck drivers must observe care and patience to avoid truck accidents that can seriously injury or kill a child. If your child has suffered injuries from a commercial truck, the team at the Joubert Law Firm can help you obtain rightful compensation from the party responsible.
We understand the complexities of commercial truck accidents, and we know how insurance companies do their best to avoid accepting responsibility. Please call us today at 225-761-3822 for a free legal consultation.