A warehouse worker was killed by a delivery truck yesterday at Bernie and Phyl’s Furniture warehouse parking lot in Norton, Massachusetts. The truck was owned by a subcontractor that does furniture delivery for Bernie and Phyl’s. The accident is under investigation.
Truck Accident Fatalities on the Rise
In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 3,921 people were killed and 104,000 people injured in accidents involving large trucks. This represented a 4% increase in large truck related fatalities compared with 2011. According to the NHTSA, there were 451 motor vehicle accident fatalities in Massachusetts in 2012. Of that number, 14 fatalities involved large trucks. The NHTSA study showed that the large majority of fatal crashes involving large trucks occur during the week during the daytime.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that most deaths involving large truck crashes occur in passenger vehicles. This is not surprising given the size of passenger vehicles compared to large trucks and tractor trailers. While braking issues and stopping distance for large trucks are a factor, many crashes are caused by truck driver fatigue. According to the IIHS, federal regulations allow commercial truck drivers to drive up to 11 hours a day and 77 hours a week. Many truck drivers work longer than that.
If you were injured in an Accident
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s fault, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately. If you were hurt at work due to some third-party’s negligence, you may have a third-party claim in addition to a workers compensation claim. In order to protect your rights, your accident needs to be investigated promptly to preserve and gather all the evidence needed to win your case.
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