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Large Commercial Truck Accident Statistics

By Steve Charpentier on October 15, 2013

Truck Accident Statistics from Our Central Florida Law FirmWe share our roads with many other motorists and people on a daily basis. It's important that everyone on the road abides by the same laws and observes proper conduct in accordance with such laws. Sometimes accidents do happen, however, and they can be especially serious, particularly when large trucks are involved.

Our team of personal injury attorneys take all kinds of vehicle accidents serious, whether they involve commuter vehicles or large commercial vehicles. We'd like to take a moment right now to go over accidents involving large trucks and why these kinds of accidents need to be taken very seriously.

About Large Truck Accidents

Large trucks are an integral part of interstate commerce, shipping goods across our nation's highways. Yet these vehicles are very large, requiring extra time to brake and extra room to turn. This coupled with cases of driver fatigue as well as large blind spots often results in many accidents for fellow motorists each year.

Why Truck Accidents Are So Serious

Large trucks carry much more mass than a traditional commuter vehicle. Because of this, impacts with these kinds of vehicles often involve more force and hence more serious injuries such as paraplegia and quadriplegia. It's not uncommon for these kinds of vehicle accidents to result in fatal injuries as well.

Truck Accident Numbers and Injury Accidents

According to 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large trucks accounted for 3 percent of all injury and non-injury auto accidents in the country.

An estimated 80,000 people nationwide were injured as a result of such large truck accidents, which include truck drivers, other motorists, and pedestrians. The vast majority of the injured (roughly 58,000 people) were motorists and occupants of other vehicles. That means 77 percent of the injured in such accidents were those who collided with the large truck.

This gives you a good idea of why having truck accident attorneys on your side may be helpful.

Fatal Accidents Involving Large Trucks

The same 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) note that 11 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities involved collisions with large trucks. There were 3,675 total fatalities in such accidents in 2010, with 2,790 occupants of other vehicles losing their lives in these collisions. That means that 76 percent of those who died in large truck accidents were other motorists who collided with the commercial vehicle.

What Our Legal Team Can Do for You

Large trucking companies often have strong legal teams in place in order to protect them in a court of law. What you need when facing these odds are skilled legal experts who have your best interests and the best interests of your loved ones in mind.

Our lawyers will work diligently to ensure that your rights are well represented and that you collect damages to cover injuries, losses, and the emotional duress that the large truck accident caused.

Learn More About Truck Accident Lawsuits

For more information about truck accidents and other kinds of serious motor vehicle collision cases, be sure to contact our Central Florida personal injury law firm today. Our lawyers look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve justice following serious injury or the loss of a loved one. Our legal team is here for you every step of the way.

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