Like most drivers in the country, Missouri drivers probably find the prospect of being in a truck accident frightening. Considering the number of lives lost on the nation's streets and highways every year, they should. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,900 people died and 104,000 people were injured in traffic crashes involving large trucks in 2012.
The number of casualties produced by truck accidents is not surprising. Motorists in most vehicles are at a disadvantage in an accident because of the sheer size of a commercial truck, especially one that is fully loaded and traveling over or even at the posted speed limit. Sometimes, just a seemingly minor contact between a passenger vehicle and a truck can injure or kill those in a car, van or pickup truck. Truck drivers themselves pose risks because some fail to adhere to federal and state regulations regarding hours of service and rest periods. Fatigued drivers are about as dangerous as drunk drivers in failing to operate their vehicles safely.