People traveling in smaller vehicles are extremely vulnerable when it comes to accidents involving a truck. Trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times as much as passenger cars. They are taller and have greater ground clearance. And these factors can often result in smaller vehicles under-riding trucks in crashes.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,373 people died in large truck crashes in 2011. Sixteen percent of those deaths were truck occupants, but 66 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles. And 16 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.
What’s more, the number of people who died in large truck or semi-truck crashes was seven percent higher in 2011 than in 2009.
Trucking accidents are a very serious threat. Ninety-eight percent of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck in 2011, were occupants of the passenger vehicle.
The injuries that result from being involved in an accident with a truck include spine and head injuries, amputations, brain damage or death.
The aftermath of such accidents can often be overwhelming. Understanding what steps to take, what your rights are and who to contact can be confusing. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident with a truck or semi-truck, Estey & Bomberger is available to help. We have a team of experts who available to guide you through the process to recovery.
There’s a variety of factors that can lead to truck accidents including:
Additional causes of an accident include speeding, tailgating, aggressive driving and trucks without blind spot mirrors.
|Factors||Number of Trucks||Percent of Total||Relative Risk|
|Vehicle: Brake problems||41,000||29%||2.7|
|Driver: Traveling too fast for conditions||32,000||23%||7.7|
|Driver: Unfamiliar with roadway||31,000||22%||2|
|Environment: Roadway problems||29,000||20%||1.5|
|Driver: Over-the-counter drug use||25,000||17%||1.3|
|Driver: Inadequate surveillance||20,000||14%||9.3|
|Driver: Felt under work pressure from carrier||16,000||10%||4.7|
|Driver: Made illegal maneuver||13,000||9%||26.4|
|Driver: External distraction||11,000||8%||5.1|
|Vehicle: Tire problems||8,000||6%||2.5|
|Driver: Following too close||7,000||5%||22.6|
|Vehicle: Cargo shift||6,000||4%||56.3|
|Driver: Internal distraction||3,000||2%||5.8|
|Driver: Illegal drugs||3,000||2%||1.8|
There are several important steps to take after an accident. They include the following:
As the knowledgeable Riverside accident lawyers at Estey & Bomberger, LLP, we have represented thousands of clients involved in truck accidents. Our due diligence, knowledge and hard work has enabled clients to obtain millions of dollars in damages. We work on a contingency basis. That means you don’t have to pay us any money unless we win your case and you’re awarded financial damages.
If you have questions about such accidents or have been injured in such an accident, make an appointment for a free case evaluation in our Riverside office today! (951) 543-9020
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