Each year, approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur on U.S. roadways. Whether the truck involved is a big rig, a garbage truck or even a school bus, these crashes tend to cause far more damage and significantly more serious injuries than passenger car accidents due to the heavier weights and larger sizes of trucks. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that truck accidents are responsible for more than 12 percent of all traffic accident fatalities.
Following a truck accident, victims may face some debilitating and extremely stressful consequences that can leave them permanently disabled and in dire financial straights. While it is immediately important that truck accident victims seek medical attention, it is also important that they consult with an experienced truck accident lawyer for professional legal guidance.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
There are different factors that can attribute to a truck crash, such as:
- Animals or debris in the road
- Dangerous weather conditions such as extreme fog, rain or snow
- Driver fatigue (About 30 percent of all truck accidents are caused by driver fatigue)
- Driving while under the influence in drugs or alcohol
- Defective truck parts, including tires and brakes
- Excessive or insecure cargo loads
- Lack of driver training and/or experience
- Poor road conditions including potholes and unmarked construction zones
- Reckless driving and/or failing to follow traffic laws
Nearly 90 percent of all truck accidents are the result of human error, and around 75 percent are caused by drivers of other vehicles.
Truck Accident Facts & Statistics
- While the average passenger vehicle weighs about 4,000 lbs, trucks can, by law, weigh up to 80,000 lbs.—20 times the weight of cars or SUVs
- About 15.5 million trucks are currently driving on U.S. roadways
- Two million of these are tractor-trailers (also known as semis, big rigs and 18 wheelers)
- About 3.5 million Americans are licensed truck drivers
- More than 66 percent of truck accidents occur during the day, in rural areas and on the weekends
- The top three states with the most fatal truck accidents include Texas, California and Florida (in that order)
- Only 1 percent of all truck accidents are caused by truck driver intoxication
- In contrast, 22 percent of motor vehicle accidents and 19 percent of motorcycle accidents are caused by driver intoxication
Truck Accident Help
If you have sustained a serious injury such as a brain injury, lost limb, damage to your spinal cord, etc., or if your loved one has been killed in a truck crash, you owe it to yourself to get the best possible legal representation. Hiring the right attorney to represent you and your family in your truck accident case can make all the difference in the outcome.
Our experienced truck accident lawyers recognize the magnitude of truck crashes and fight hard to ensure our clients receive the total amount of compensation they are entitled to. To find out if we can help you, contact us. We will respond quickly so we can get your case started and help you move forward with your life.