Reich & Binstock
Free Initial Consultation Call
713-352-7883
713-352-7883

How common are deadly truck crashes?

Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation and its affiliated agencies shows that truckers, on average, have viewer accidents per 100 million miles driven by any type of motorist. Even still, the number of deaths that result from these truck-involved crashes is significantly higher than the fatalities that result from any other type of motor vehicle accident.

Statistics published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2010 showed that U.S. truckers traveled an estimated 286,585 miles. Of all the truck crashes that occurred that year, 3,413 people were killed. An overwhelming 72% of those who died were motorists driving passenger cars. Another 14% of the fatalities were the truckers themselves. At least 13% of them were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.

At least 75% of the truck crashes that occurred that year were tractor-trailer ones. The other 25% involve large-sized single trucks. At least 61% of the fatal accidents that occurred happened on major roadways such as interstates.

Common factors that result in truck crashes include shifting cargo, tire blowouts and mechanical failure. Reckless driving such as speeding, improper lane changes and lane drifting are also responsible for many of these crashes. Many truckers fail to avoid road hazards and operate their trucks while fatigued. This also causes them to have accidents.

Although truckers undergo special training to learn how to properly operate their trucks, factors such as distractions and stress may cause them to operate their tractor-trailer in an unsafe way.

One of the best courses of action that you can take if you've suffered serious injuries in a crash is to consult with an attorney who handles truck accidents. It's important that the lawyer that you reach out to is skilled at compiling evidence necessary to prove negligence in the most complex Texas cases.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us For a Free Legal Consultation There is a never a fee unless we recover on your behalf.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Call for a Free Legal Consultation: 713-352-7883
Reich & Binstock - Pharmaceutical Injury & Class Action Lawyers

4265 San Felipe
Suite 1000
Houston, TX 77027

Toll Free: 877-643-3099
Phone: 713-352-7883
Fax: 713-623-8724
Houston Law Office Map