Despite their vital role in industry and transportation, big rigs can be dangerous motor vehicles that, in the event of an accident, typically cause significantly more damage than other motor vehicles crashes, such as those involving passenger cars or smaller trucks. Weighing up to 80,000 lbs with cargo, big rigs are powerful, massive vehicles that require extensive driver training for safe operation of the vehicle.
In many cases, big rig accidents are caused by driver fatigue, inexperience or intoxication. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that around 89 percent of all large truck accidents result from a driver's (either a passenger car or truck driver's) performance or physical condition – as opposed to the nearly 10 percent of big rig accidents caused by outside factors, such as equipment failure, road conditions or bad weather.
Big Rigs May Also Be Referred to as:
- 18 wheelers
- diesel trucks
- Mack trucks (though Mack is a brand name of a truck)
- semi trucks
- tractor trailer trucks
- transfer trucks
Big Rig Accident Statistics
- About 13 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are big rig accidents
- Big rig accidents cause about 5,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
- More than 75 percent of all truck accidents are caused by drivers of other cars (not truck drivers)
- Most fatal big rig accidents occur on weekdays in rural areas during the day
- The top 5 states in which fatal truck accidents occur include Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
- Approximately 27 percent of all fatal big rig accidents involve truck drivers who have prior speeding convictions
- About half of all big rig accidents involve front-end collisions. Back end and side collisions occur in 15 and 12 percent of all crashes, respectively
Damage Caused by Big Rig Accidents
Big rig crashes can result in a wide range of damage include:
- Physical harm, ranging from bruising and broken bones in milder cases to permanent disability or fatalities in the most severe accidents
- Emotional stress, as recovery can be trying (particularly if an individual has suffered irreversible damage that he has to learn to live with)
- Financial difficulties, as mounting medical bills, property damage and an inability to work can leave victims of big rig accidents broke.
Big Rig Accident Lawyers
To help victims during such trying times, our big rig accident lawyers offer free initial consultations during which victims can learn more about their legal rights and find out if they have a legitimate legal claim. Our highly skilled big rig accident lawyers will aggressively defend your rights and fight aggressively to ensure you recover the maximum amount of compensation available. To speak with a truck accident attorney about your rights, contact us today. We will respond promptly and will let you know if we can help.