According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, each year, there are more than 500,000 truck accidents on U.S. roadways that result in approximately 133,000 injuries and 5,000 fatalities. Most trucking accidents occur on weekends and in rural areas and, according to statistical analysis, are caused by:
Statistics show that truck drivers are generally safer in their personal driving habits than passenger car drivers are. Due to the size and weight of trucks, however, truck crashes tend to cause more damage, greater injuries and higher repair costs than other types of auto accidents.
When a truck crash ends in the loss of life, it is most often the people in passenger cars who are the victims. Of the 5,300 fatalities in truck crash accidents in 2002, 77 percent of the fatalities were passenger car drivers of passengers. Twelve percent of these truck crash fatalities involved truck driver deaths (664 people). Over 300 pedestrians and 70 bicyclists also lost their lives in a truck crash in 2002. Statistics also show that the type of truck involved in the majority of cases are tractors carrying one semi trailer.
While the exact type and severity of truck accident injuries will depend on the nature of the event, commonly, victims have reported sustaining:
Severe injuries will require emergency medical attention to save a victim’s life and ensure the best chances of recovery. In the most severe cases, truck crash injuries can be fatal.
Trucks are classified according to their weight, and the categories include:
The weight of the truck, as well as the speed of the truck (and any other involved vehicles), will affect the severity of a given trucking accident.
If you or a loved one has been victim of a truck accident, it’s essential that you:
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