According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck accident fatalities have increased 18 percent between 2009 and 2012, as a resurging economy leads to more goods being transported on U.S. highways and more pressure being placed on trucking companies and drivers to deliver their loads on time.
The NHTSA reports that there were 3,921 fatalities and 104,000 injuries from truck crashes in the U.S. in 2012 – over 10 fatal crashes and more than 284 injuries per day. In the same time period, fatal accidents involving passenger cars actually fell 1.74 percent. Also in 2012, 4.89 percent of truck drivers, or 171,150, were taken out of service for having too many violations, and 20.13 percent of vehicles were parked after being inspected for having too many violations – 2,145,733 trucks.
Why Truck Accidents are Often Deadly
There are several reasons truck accidents often prove to be fatal, especially when small passenger cars are involved, including:
Weight. Semi-trucks or tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds or more when fully loaded, as compared to the average car, which weighs in at around 2,700 pounds. Size. Because commercial trucks are so large, they also have large blind spots, take up bigger chunks of the road, and are more difficult to drive and even more difficult to stop, leading to higher speed impacts and greater damage.
Cargo. Many large trucks carry dangerous chemicals and flammable materials that when a collision occurs, explosions, fires and exposure to hazardous chemicals result. Were you seriously injured in a crash involving a semi-truck or tractor-trailer? Contact Nagle & Associates for competent and effective representation in car-truck accidents. Our firm will work hard to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free initial consultation today.