Why Truck Accidents Take Thousands of Lives Every Year in the U.S.

Why Truck Accidents Take Thousands of Lives Every Year in the U.S.

Large commercial truck accidents tend to produce some of the most catastrophic outcomes, including death. In 2018 alone, just under 5,000 people lost their lives after deadly truck accidents took place across the country. 

As the trucking industry grows and more truckers are traveling on American roadways, the numbers of devastating truck accidents have been steadily increasing. This means that more disastrous outcomes are being reported such as serious injuries and death.

If you were injured in a trucking accident in the state of Mississippi or if you lost a loved one due to such a crash, it is possible to hold the negligent party accountable. To increase your ability to obtain compensation, speaking with a Jackson truck accident attorney at Germany Law Firm, PLLC can help.

Deadly Truck Accidents Take Lives

Deadly Truck Accidents Take Thousands of Lives Every Year in U.S.People who drive in smaller passenger vehicles are at the highest risk for severe injuries and death from collisions with large commercial trucks. There are many reasons why this is so. Trucks are massive, heavy, and when they are driving at highway speeds the force from the impact that they impart is huge.

A truck’s weight can be 30 times higher than that of a passenger vehicle. It is much more difficult for trucks to come to a stop and so if there is some type of hazard on the road, a truck will have a difficult time suddenly stopping to avoid it.  In fact, a fully loaded tractor-trailer can travel up to 40% more roadway than a car when a stop happens. When the roads are slippery and wet, it becomes even more challenging.

Deadly truck accidents can happen in a variety of ways including underride accidents, rollover accidents, or straight-on collisions. In 2019, there were over 4,000 people who died after being involved in a large truck accident. Of all the deaths reported in these fatal incidents, 67% were people that were hit in smaller passenger vehicles according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

The number of deaths that resulted in truck accidents in 2019 was 31% more than they were in 2009. That is significant. As for people in large trucks themselves, they are not immune from harm either. The IIHS reports that the number of deaths for people who were inside of large trucks was up by 51% in 2019 from 2009.

When crashes happened between a passenger vehicle and a large truck in 2019, there were 2,204 total deaths. Deaths for occupants of large trucks accounted for 3% of these deaths at 72. Passenger vehicle occupants accounted for 97% of deaths at 2,132. Passenger vehicle occupants are at great risk should a large truck hit their car.

Speak with a Large Truck Accident Attorney Today

The Jackson personal injury attorney at Germany Law Firm, PLLC can help you with your Jackson personal injury claim. If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, then you have the right to file a wrongful death claim for compensation.

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Germany Law Firm, PLLC, please call (601) 487-0555 today.