Driver error more common in fatal car crashes than semi-truck crashes

Posted by Sarah Showard | Aug 14, 2012 | 0 Comments


Driver error is cited more frequently in fatal crashes involving passenger vehicles than commercial trucks, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The newest statistics, culled from driver-related factors in police accident reports during 2010, show about one-third of truck drivers involved in fatal crashes were cited, compared to about two-thirds of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes.

Driver-related errors include speeding, fatigue and inattention. Vehicle-related factors, such as bad brakes, unsafe tires or broken lights, were cited in only 4.2 percent of fatal truck crashes and 3.1 percent of fatal passenger vehicle crashes.

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Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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