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Prior Traffic Violations Predict Liklihood of Truck Drivers’ Future Accidents


April 11, 2013

You might not be surprised to learn that the best way to predict whether a truck driver will have an accident is by the number of his prior traffic violations. In a study conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) of truck drivers from 2007 to 2009, 582,772 truck drivers were studied and it was determined that a driver’s risk of a future accident increased by more than 50% when he/she had certain types of prior traffic convictions.

Specifically, a truck driver with a prior citation for failure to use a turn signal was found to increase his or her chance of being involved in a future accident by 96%! Second on the list, if a truck driver had been in a prior accident the probability of a future accident increased by 88%. A truck driver previously cited for an improper passing violation was also 88% more likely to be involved in a future accident. A citation for an improper turn signal increased a driver’s risk by 84%, and citations for improper or erratic lane change increased the driver’s risk by 80%. The study further determined that improper lane change, failure to obey a traffic sign, speeding, and finally, reckless careless inattentive or negligent driving also increased a driver’s future risk of being involved in an accident by more than 50%.

According to Dan Murray, Vice President of Research at ATRI, the “fundamentals of good driving behavior” is crucial to keeping our roads safe and more particularly to keeping the number of semi-truck versus automobile collisions down.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with a semi-truck, contact the law firm of Natalie Stuart. Do not wait. When a semi-truck is involved in an accident there is crucial evidence to obtain, and the longer you wait to get an attorney, the more the advantage the trucking company will have. Trucking companies have teams of lawyers on their side. Be sure that you have an experienced injury lawyer working for you.