Truck Accident Injury Statistics
How Common and Severe Are Commercial Truck Accident Injuries?
Large trucks and semis are a leading cause of many traffic related deaths in the United States. In 2019, 11 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involved large trucks. California, in particular, has seen some of the worst truck accidents in the country. A tractor-trailer or eighteen-wheeler can weigh 20 to 30 times more than a passenger vehicle. Due to their size and weight, commercial trucks are dangerous and virtually guaranteed to crush smaller vehicles in an accident.
Truck accidents are complicated and far more complex than car accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. In 2019, a total of 4,119 people died in large truck crashes. About 16 percent of those involved in these crashes were truck occupants, 67 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
Truck accidents typically occur on major roads. In 2019, about 52 percent of large truck accidents took place on major roads other than highways and interstates, 32 percent were on interstates and highways, and 15 percent occurred on minor roads. 48 percent of these large truck accidents happened during the morning until the late afternoon, starting from 6AM to 3PM.
A common cause of a truck accident is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Truck drivers typically do this to stay awake and continue driving in order to keep up with their schedules. However, driving while intoxicated could significantly increase the chances of a truck driver from getting into an accident with others nearby. Within the total number of fatal truck accidents that have taken place in 2019, about 3 percent of truck drivers had a BAC at or above 0.08 percent. 28 percent of passenger vehicle drivers had a BAC at or above 0.08 percent.
The number of injury crashes involving large trucks or buses decreased steadily from 102,000 in 2002 to 60,000 in 2009 (a decline of 41 percent). From 2009 to 2015, injury crashes increased 62 percent to 97,000. According to NHTSA’s CRSS data from 2016 to 2017, large truck and bus injury crashes increased by 4 percent.
If you were injured in a truck or car accident that was caused by another driver, you have the right to obtain compensation for your losses. Victims of said accidents may be entitled to damages for:
California is a comparative negligence state, which means that more than one party may be found liable for causing a car accident. It also means that an at-fault driver may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages, even if they were partially at-fault for causing a truck or car accident.
Determining liability after a truck accident can become a logistical nightmare. Not only are truck accidents catastrophic from an injury perspective, they are also very complex from a legal standpoint because multiple parties can all be held liable.
It is most important to understand that personal injury victims, including truck and car accident victims, will typically have two years to file a claim for damages. After the two-year deadline, the court will almost certainly throw out the case.
Truck accidents are different from car accidents. And given that truck accident cases are complicated and will involve commercial trucking companies and insurance policies, it is crucial for a truck accident victim to take the right steps after a truck accident to ensure they receive fair and full compensation for their losses.
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If you sustained injuries as a result of a truck or car accident, our experienced legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.