Most drivers in the New Orleans area probably have some experience related to truck accidents. Whether that experience involves hearing about a tractor-trailer accident on the news, seeing one on the highway, or even being involved in one, some of the dangers and consequences of these kinds of accidents are obvious. But what are the total costs of a truck accident?
The costs of a truck accident don't just involve injuries, medical expenses and property damage. Not all truck accident costs are easily quantifiable in dollars and cents. Economists and environmental scientists at the National Transportation Systems Center, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, have been studying these more ambiguous costs. The organization's goal is to identify the costs of truck crashes so that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration can use that information to influence regulations aimed at reducing truck accidents.
One area that the National Transportation Systems Center has been focusing on is the environmental impact of truck accidents. Following a truck accident, other drivers could be stuck in heavy traffic for hours. Likewise, the accident could cause many drivers to take alternate travel routes.
Researchers estimate that the average truck accident causes detours and delays that amount to 3.2 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Moreover, a truck accident on an expressway causes roughly 11 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Furthermore, truck accidents can involve costs from spilled fuel and loss of work productivity.
People suffer a variety of negative consequences from truck accidents. The government can study these problems and pass appropriate laws and regulations to try to reduce the number of crashes. Ultimately, however, truck owners and drivers have to do all that they can to make safety their highest priority.
Source: The National Transportation Systems Center, "Calculating the Aftermath of Truck Crashes," Accessed on April 28, 2015