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Speed a factor in most truck crashes

Statistics show that speeding contributes to most truck accidents in Pennsylvania and across the country. For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding played a role in 94% of all traffic accidents in 2015. The agency also says that excessive speed was a factor in 26% of all traffic-related deaths in 2017.

To help combat the issue, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is making speed a special focus during its annual Operation Safe Driver Week initiative, which is slated for July 14 to 20. During the event, law enforcement officers across the country will look for truckers and drivers of passenger vehicles who are traveling above the speed limit. They will also target drivers who are texting and driving, distracted, drunk or drugged, disobeying traffic signals, executing improper lane changes, driving recklessly, driving without a seat belt or tailgating. Offenders will receive warnings or traffic citations.

Approximately 51,000 law enforcement officers took part in 2018's Operation Safe Driver Week. During the event, they made contact with 113,331 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers and handed out 57,504 traffic citations. Of those citations, 18,817 were issued for speeding. Commercial drivers, including truck drivers, received 1,908 of those speeding citations. Studies show that traffic citations can reduce accidents. For instance, a CVSA study found that the "Click It or Ticket" seat belt campaign reduced crashes by around 11 percent.

Occupants of other vehicles often incur catastrophic injuries in big rig accidents that leave them unable to return to work for prolonged periods. They might want to have an attorney's assistance when seeking compensation for their losses.

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