Each year, more than 5,000 Americans are killed in truck accidents. Although most fatal truck accidents occur in Texas, California and Florida, such devastating collisions can occur anywhere on U.S. roadways. Some of the most common causes of truck accident fatalities include:
- Animals or debris in the road
- Bad weather, such as heavy snow, rains or winds
- Defective equipment, such as brake failure or steering malfunctions
- Driver exhaustion
- Driver inexperience
- Driver intoxication
- Unstable cargo loads
- Poor road conditions, such as potholes, lack of lighting or poor signage
- Reckless driving and/or failing to follow traffic laws, such as by speeding, cutting off other drivers or running red lights
Nearly 90 percent of all truck accidents are caused by the carelessness, recklessness or negligence of a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist. Less than 10 percent of these crashes are caused by non-human factors (i.e. weather, road conditions, etc.).
Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
- About 98 percent of tractor-trailer accidents result in at least one fatality
- More than 75 percent of all truck accidents are caused by drivers of other passenger cars, not the truck driver
- Fatal big rig accidents cost more than $20 billion per year in the U.S.
- 78 percent of all fatal truck accidents occur on the weekends
- 68 percent occur in rural areas
- 66 percent take place during the day
- Truck drivers with at least one past speeding conviction were involved in approximately 27 percent of fatal truck accidents (as compared to 19 percent of passenger car drivers who had a prior speeding conviction)
Has Your Loved One Been Killed in a Truck Accident?
If a loved one has suffered a wrongful death due to a deadly truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Outstanding medical bills
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
You can learn more about your legal rights and get your case started by attending a free, no obligation consultation with one of our experienced injury accident and wrongful death lawyers. Strong truck accidents cases are built by:
- Compiling all relevant evidence, including police reports, witness statements and physical evidence
- Examining and locating weaknesses in the opponent's arguments
- Locating experts, such as forensic scientists and doctors, to testify when expert testimony is needed in official legal proceedings
If your loved one was killed in a truck accident and you would like to find out whether you qualify to seek compensation for your loss, contact our truck accident lawyers. We serve clients nationwide.