Oct 7, 2021
It’s a simple fact of everyday driving – cars, motorcycles, and even pedestrians need to share the roads with large trucks. When traveling along our nation’s roads and highways, sharing said roads is hopefully not a major issue of concern. However, statistics indicate that although motor vehicle crashes have fallen over the last several decades, truck accidents have actually increased.
Below we will provide some important statistics regarding truck accidents and how to safely share the roads with big-rigs, semi-trailers, 18 wheelers, box trucks, and various other types of large vehicles that have the potential to cause severe physical damage and personal injuries in the event of an accident. Additionally, we’ll review how to file a personal injury civil lawsuit with Dordulian Law Group to recover financial compensation for various types of losses sustained as a result of a truck accident.
Semi and tractor-trailers are used to transport goods and products we use every day. Data provided by statistica.com indicates that the total revenue of the U.S. trucking industry is over $791 billion, and the total operating revenue of the U.S. trucking industry is $419.2 billion. In terms of the number of employed truck drivers on the roads, the following statistics highlight the vase presence of the U.S. trucking industry:
PolicyAdvice.net offers the following statistics related to an increasing number of truck accidents year-over-year:
Furthermore, approximately 130,000 annually suffer from truck accident-related injuries. Truck accidents are often much more severe than typical accidents involving two motor vehicles or one motor vehicle and a motorcycle. And various types of serious injuries can occur as a result of truck accidents.
Depending on the circumstances of the crash, truck accident injuries can vary from moderate to catastrophic. Let’s look at some of the more common injuries sustained as a result of truck accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirms that in 2019 there were an estimated 159,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. Of those crashes:
Common truck accident injuries may include:
With the exception of a fatality, if your truck accident injury was the result of another’s negligence or carelessness, a personal injury claim may be filed to recover financial compensation.
In the event of a fatality that occurred due to another’s negligence or malice, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed to recover various types of financial damages.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) collected hundreds of associated factors for each vehicle involved in a truck crash. The organization found that the top 10 accident factors coded for large trucks and their drivers were:
For large truck on passenger vehicle crashes, the FMCSA identified the following 10 associated factors (listed in descending order according to how often they were coded):
Additionally, data compiled by the FMCSA found that for passenger vehicles (but not for trucks), alcohol and illegal drug use have a statistically significant association with coding of the critical reason. These factors, combined with fatigue (coded twice as often for passenger vehicles as for large trucks) and illness (coded five times more often for passenger vehicles), show that passenger vehicle drivers were subject to adverse physical conditions more often than truck drivers were before the crashes occurred.
In a previous blog, we identified the most dangerous roads and highways throughout California for passenger vehicles. But Zonar Systems, a fleet management solutions company, compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads for Truck Drivers in the U.S.
Those roads identified by Zonar are as follows:
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
According to the World Health Organization:
According to the FMCSA:
Furthermore, according to the FMCSA’s data, the six most common “first harmful events” in a total of 4,415 fatal crashes involving large trucks were:
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Report Released in May 2021:
Additionally, the NHTSA released the following statistics related to 2019 truck crashes:
According to the Federal Highway Administration:
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Truck accidents can leave victims with catastrophic injuries that require extensive medical care and mounting expenses. Some common damages that the experienced and trusted attorneys at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) will fight to recover on your behalf after an unfortunate truck accident include:
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Unlike settlement mill firms that may be quick to accept a lowball of unfair offer, we prepare every case for trial. With Dordulian’s courtroom experience, you can be confident that we’ll fight to recover the maximum financial damages award you deserve following a truck accident injury.
DLG’s experience and proven results are why California truck accident victims consistently choose us to handle their claims and help ensure justice is secured. DLG provides clients added advantages and benefits that can’t be found elsewhere:
Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free and no obligation consultation. When you bring your truck accident claim to one of our dedicated team members, we’ll begin an exhaustive process in pursuit of justice on your behalf that includes:
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If you’ve suffered any type of injury as a result of a truck accident, you could be facing years of chronic pain and medical expenses. Accordingly, you need a skilled, trusted, and proven attorney like Sam Dordulian to help ensure you recover all applicable financial compensation needed to make a full recovery. Don’t settle for an inexperienced or unproven firm that could put your truck accident claim in jeopardy and leave you with mounting medical bills. Choose the experts at DLG who have the experience and proven results you deserve, allowing you to focus on what’s most important – your physical recovery and overall well-being – while we handle the stressful details and fight to recover you a maximum financial damages award.
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