Because of their sheer size and weight, trucks can cause catastrophic damages when involved in accidents with passenger vehicles. Property damage aside, the victims of truck accidents often sustain severe and life-altering injuries, including but not limited to lacerations, burns, disfigurement, broken bones, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death. In this post, we present some truck accident statistics as well as some information on what to do in the event of an accident.
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The trucking industry is one of America’s largest industries—and one of its most crucial. According to American Trucking Associations, 71 percent of the nation’s cargo is transported via truck, with more than 10 billion tons of weight shipped by weight in the average year. Approximately 7.4 million people throughout the nation’s economy are employed by the industry, and that is excluding the self-employed. To say that the industry is essential to the American economy is an understatement.
However essential the industry may be, it is clear that the regulations governing it need to be stricter and that safety standards to be taken more seriously. This post shares just a few shocking trucking accident statistics that support this opinion.
Below are a few truck accident statistics pulled from sources such as the NHTSA, FMCSA, and DoT:
Those stats just deal with the cause of the accidents and not the ensuing damage. The following statistics highlight the extent of the destruction that truck accidents can cause:
These numbers, which remain more or less unchanged over the past decade, despite the following trucking laws and regulations in place:
There are countless other regulations that govern truckers, each of which are designed to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Yet, many of these regulations are broken or disregarded on a constant basis. Combine that with passenger driver inattention, and the accident rates will continue to soar.
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, one of the best things you can do for your financial future is retain the help of an experienced trucking accident attorney. Contact Coogan Gallagher to set up a free initial consultation and learn more about how our team can help you.