Here at Charpentier Law Firm, we have taken great pride in helping injury victims at our offices in Melbourne, Titusville, and Cocoa. This legal expertise is especially important following large/commercial ruck accidents that result in serious or fatal injuries. Our attorneys can help you with the legal process and provide sound advice and counsel.
Let's take a moment to consider some state and nationwide truck accident statistics to give you a better idea of why these accidents need to be taken seriously.
National Large Truck Accident Injuries and Fatalities in 2012
In 2012, there were an estimated 333,000 large trucks that were involved in motor vehicle collisions nationwide. From those collisions, an estimated 104,000 people were injured and 3,921 people were killed.
Breaking Down the Large Truck Accident Numbers from 2012
In terms of fatalities, there was a 4 percent increase in fatalities from 2011. (In 2011, 3,781 people were killed in large truck accidents.) Of the fatalities in 2012, 18 percent of those killed were the drivers/occupants of the large trucks, 73 percent of those killed were drivers or passengers in other vehicles, and 10 percent of the fatalities were people who were pedestrians, bicyclists, and other kinds of non-vehicle occupants.
With regard to large truck accident injuries, there was an 18 percent increase from 2011. (In 2011, an estimated 88,000 people were injured in accidents with large trucks.) Of the injuries, 24 percent of the injury victims were the drivers/occupants of large trucks, 73 percent were drivers or passengers in other vehicles, and 3 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, and other kinds of non-vehicle occupants.
Florida Large Truck Accident Injuries and Fatalities
In the state of Florida, there was a total of 3,329 large truck accidents in 2010 that resulted in 1,821 injuries. Of that total number of large truck accidents, 58 of them resulted in fatalities.
Interesting Findings About Truck Accidents and Fatalities
Statistics from 2012 have found that large trucks were more likely to be involved in fatal accidents that involved multiple vehicles rather than fatal accidents involving just one other vehicle. An estimated 81 percent of all fatal large truck accidents in 2012 were the result of multi-vehicle collisions; for passenger vehicles, 58 percent of all fatal accidents were the result of multiple-vehicle collisions.
Times When Truck Accidents Occur
In 2012, it was found that 78 percent of all fatal truck accidents occurred during weekdays. Of that 78 percent of accidents during weekdays, it was estimated that 72 percent of the accidents occurred between regular daylight and/or commuting hours of 6:00am to 5:59pm. This makes sense given the number of vehicles on the road during these hours and times of the day.
Our Legal Team Can Help You in Your Time of Legal Need
If you or someone that you care about has been seriously harmed in a large truck accident, it's important that you speak with a member of our legal team. We will help you get the legal assistance you need to receive just compensation for injuries, vehicle damage, lost wages, and even the loss of a loved one.
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For more information on your legal rights following a serious truck accident, it's of the utmost importance that you contact our personal injury law firm today. The team here at Charpentier Law Firm will help you in your time of legal need.