Did You Become One Of The Statistics?
Large trucks, also known as big rigs, tractor-trailers or semis, form part of the supply network that keeps the economy running smoothly in the United States. But they are also extremely dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced or careless operator or if they are improperly maintained. A tractor-trailer weighs much more than the average automobile and as a result, it can hit a passenger vehicle causing serious injury or even death for the driver and passengers.
At Anderson & Anderson in Tampa, we have extensive experience with these catastrophic cases. We know how the negligence of a trucker or trucking company may have changed your life forever. Let our attorneys help you understand your options for pursuing compensation for your lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills and other damages. Call us at 813-251-0072 today.
Looking At The Numbers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) National Center for Statistics and Analysis:
- In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) and in the United States, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes.
- Large trucks were more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash as opposed to a fatal single-vehicle crash than were passenger vehicles in 2012 (81 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks are multiple-vehicle crashes, compared with 58 percent for fatal crashes involving passenger vehicles).
- In 46 percent of the two-vehicle fatal crashes, both the large truck and the other vehicle were proceeding straight at the time of the crash.
- In 9 percent of the crashes, the other vehicle was turning.
- In 12 percent, either the truck or the other vehicle was negotiating a curve.
- In 7 percent of fatal crashes, either the truck or the other vehicle was stopped or parked in a traffic lane (5 percent and 2 percent, respectively).
- In Florida, 5.7 percent of total vehicle crashes involved large trucks in 2012.
Choose A Lawyer With The Detailed Knowledge You Need
Truck collisions can be devastating experiences for automobile drivers and passengers and others involved in these wrecks. A good tractor-trailer crash lawyer will know what to look for in terms of determining who was at fault. For example, a truck accident injury lawyer should know how to work with crash reconstruction experts and be familiar with reading tractor-trailer logbooks and checking the data on the vehicle’s black box.
If you have questions about truck accident statistics, please contact the truck accident law firm of Anderson & Anderson, or call 813-251-0072 for a consultation regarding any crash lawsuit you plan to file.