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U.S. Truck Accident Statistics
Collisions involving large trucks occur more often than many people realize. Below, we have compiled some of the most shocking statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- In 2019 alone, 5,005 people died and 159,000 were injured in collisions involving large trucks. Of these deaths, roughly 18% were truck occupants while the remaining 82% were occupants of other vehicles or pedestrians.
- Truck accidents accounted for roughly 14% of all motor vehicle deaths in 2019.
- In 2019, 98 drivers of large trucks involved in fatal crashes were alcohol-impaired at the time of the crash.
Types of Truck Accident Injuries
Due to their size, accidents with semi-trucks and big rigs usually result in catastrophic injuries such as:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Burns and disfigurement
- Wrongful death
While there is no amount of financial compensation that can make up for your loss, our lawyers will do our best to understand how the tragedy of a truck accident has affected your quality of life. We will identify all the responsible parties and make them pay the maximum compensation for your injuries or loss. From the negotiation table to the courtroom, we have the skill and experience needed to prevail in your case.
Establishing Liability After a Truck Accident
Because so many parties are involved in commercial trucking, determining liability after an accident can be difficult. This is because an accident with a truck can be caused by many factors.
Some of these include:
- Poor road conditions
- Driver negligence
- Improper loading
- Lack of truck maintenance
For example, if your accident with a truck was caused by a tire blowout, liability could fall with the tire manufacturer (if the tire was defective) or the trucking company (if a tire that should have been replaced during routine maintenance wasn’t). If treacherous or unmaintained roads are to blame, liability may lie with the city or state where the accident occurred because it was their fault for not maintaining safe infrastructure. These are some of the many scenarios that can come up and why it’s always good to have a lawyer to help you establish liability through investigations.
We Thoroughly Investigate Your Accident
An immediate investigation is especially important in truck accident cases. Trucking companies have been known to destroy critical evidence such as driving records, driver logs, and maintenance records in an effort to sidestep liability.
At Piering Law Firm, our Sacramento truck accident attorneys have an accident investigator on staff who will immediately start working to obtain the evidence that is needed to build a strong case for you. We also work with accident reconstructionists who will identify the cause of your accident.