November 29, 2011
Written by: Stephen M. Garcia
Terrifying truck accident statistics are anything but hard to find. Rolling out of research institutes, trucking associations, and the National Administration of Highway Safety, these statistics paint a very bleak picture of what truck accidents looks like today.
- One out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a large truck.
- Nearly 90 percent of all commercial truck accidents are either caused or worsened by human error.
- Around 500,000 truck accidents occur in the United States each year.
- Approximately 98 percent of these truck accidents result in at least one fatality.
With a significant difference in the weight of a standard car or SUV—approximately 4,000 lbs—and a big rig, semi, or tractor trailer—which can weigh anywhere between 10,000 and 100,000 lbs—it falls on truck drivers to be aware of the motorists around them.
For people involved in one of the 500,000 big rig truck accidents each year, this isn’t enough.
With a slew of at-fault parties in any collision, there are many contributing factors that can lead to a big rig truck accident:
- Animals and debris in the roadway.
- Dangerous weather conditions.
- Driver Fatigue (This contributes to nearly 30 percent of all truck accidents.).
- Defective truck parts, tires, and brakes.
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Excessive or insecure cargo loads.
- Lack of driver training or experience.
- Poor road conditions such as potholes and construction zones.
- Reckless, negligent, or distracted driving.
Yet the number one contributing factor in all large truck crashes is distracted and unprepared truck drivers, motorists, passengers, and nearby cyclists or pedestrians.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury or a wrongful death in a big rig, semi, or tractor trailer accident, contact an experienced truck accident attorney at Garcia, Artigliere & Medby for a free, no-obligation consolation.