People have become so used to seeing big rigs, tractor trailer trucks, and 18 wheelers on the roads that it is easy to forget that they represent some of the most dangerous hazards on the roads today. We hope that after reading the following truck accident statistics, you will have a better understanding of the dangers that these vehicles present, and hopefully you will be better prepared to avoid unsafe situations.
The Trucking Industry
Nearly 70% of America’s resources are transported by truck, accounting for almost $700 billion worth of goods per year. The sheer number of trucks required to be on the roads to accomplish this is staggering, and, unfortunately, that massive quantity of trucks creates a vast potential for danger. That is why it is so important to understand how, when, and where these accidents typically take place. This knowledge could not only save you from experiencing an accident, it could save your life.
Truck Accident Fatalities
The massive size of most trucks, including tractor trailer trucks and 18 wheelers, makes them much more likely than other vehicles to cause fatalities in an accident. According to the US Department of Transportation, there were 3,906 fatal accidents in 2013 that involved at least one truck. That’s more than 10 deaths per day.
- 64% of fatal truck crashes occurred on rural roads, and 25% occurred on interstates
- 84% of fatal crashes occurred on weekdays
- 28% of fatal work zone crashes involved at least one truck
People Injured in Truck Accidents
More often than not, truck drivers walk away from accidents relatively unscathed while other drivers may suffer catastrophic injuries. In 2013, there were 3,906 fatal truck crashes in the US; however, just 691 truck drivers were killed. It is clear that the drivers and passengers in other vehicles are at the most risk when an accident with a truck occurs, and for that reason, it is vitally important that those drivers take the necessary steps to avoid such accidents.
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Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions you take, you are still at risk of being involved in a catastrophic accident with a truck. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck crash, don’t hesitate to call Cueria Law Firm, LLC, so that we can start working on getting you the recovery that you deserve.
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