Traffic accidents take many forms, whether they involve a motorcycle, a small vehicle, or a bicycle. However, commercial vehicle accidents can be especially dangerous, for different reasons. Sometimes, commercial vehicles are particularly large and their massive size can have more dire consequences or be more difficult for a driver to manage. Also, some commercial vehicle drivers may become tired due to working for long periods of time. In New Orleans, and other parts of Louisiana, it is pivotal for people to realize how dangerous these collisions are and the number of fatalities and injuries they cause.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, police reports show that more than 29,000 lives were lost in commercial vehicle accidents throughout 2011. This figure includes those who passed away in large truck and bus accidents, among other types of commercial vehicles. Furthermore, these crashes left more than 1.5 million people injured. Throughout the same year, the overall cost of commercial vehicle accidents, which includes costs associated with damage to property, injuries, and the loss of life, was estimated to be $87 billion.
For the victims of commercial vehicle wrecks, numerous struggles may lie ahead. Whether a family is facing unbearable emotional pain after their loved one passes away or a worker is no longer able to carry out their job duties due to an injury they sustained in an accident, the consequences can be shattering. As a result, victims of these accidents should do what they can to ensure that negligent drivers are held accountable for the hardships they have caused.