Truck Accident Statistics

Truck accident statistics provide insight into what it takes to pursue compensation when accidents involving big rigs result in injuries. In today's global economy, shipping is an industry that is only growing, and a substantial amount of shipping takes place using large commercial trucks. Despite the many laws intended to maintain safety on the roads, the risk of accidents increases due to the sheer number of trucks on the road. Attorney Joseph C. Miller in Jacksonville, FL, has been helping accident victims since 2002. He offers a free initial consultation and works on contingency, meaning that if you do not collect a settlement or jury award, you owe nothing. 

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In 2017, Florida had more than 30,000 accidents involving commercial trucks.

National Large Truck Accident Statistics

The size and weight of a commercial truck, semi-truck, or other large truck contribute to the severity of injuries suffered in a trucking accident. A small passenger car or even a mid-size pick-up truck is no match for a large truck, which leads to life-changing injuries in the event of a truck accident. This reality deserves attention, especially when you consider a 2017 report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

  • Large trucks were involved in 450,000 crashes
  • 344,000 of those crashes resulted in injury
  • 4,237 were fatal
  • 57 percent of fatal truck accidents occurred in rural areas
  • 27 percent of fatal truck accidents occurred on highways
  • More than 80 percent of both fatal and non-fatal truck accidents occur Monday through Friday
  • 35 percent of fatal accidents occurred at night, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • 30 percent of fatal work zone accidents involved at least one large truck

In 2017, large trucks were involved in 450,000 crashes.

Truck Accidents in Florida

Meanwhile, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 2017 report found that there were more than 30,000 accidents involving large trucks. These accidents resulted in 27 fatalities and more than 100 incapacitating injuries.

Causes of Truck Accidents

The FMCSA's Large Truck Crash Causation Study found that the top 10 factors attributed to trucks and truck drivers involved in accidents were:

  • Brake issues
  • Interruptions in traffic flow
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for the road conditions
  • Being unfamiliar with the road
  • Issues with the road
  • Missing a required stop (such as those at crosswalks)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Fatigue
  • Inadequate surveillance

While some of these factors come down to driver negligence, some can be attributed to negligence on the part of the trucking company. For instance, the company may have failed to properly train the driver. In an accident involving equipment failure, such as brake issues, the manufacturer can be held responsible. Our team can investigate your accident to determine who is at fault.

Dealing with the Aftermath

Depending on a number of factors, truck drivers can be required to carry anywhere from several hundred thousand to millions in liability insurance. However, when you consider the devastating fallout of a truck accident, the total damages can easily exceed these amounts. Astronomical medical bills, the ongoing cost of treatment, modifications to your home, a compromised ability to work, and the loss of a loved one are just some of the damages that affect victims for the rest of their lives. 

This is why having an attorney on your side is crucial. Attorney Joseph C. Miller in Jacksonville can calculate what the fallout of a truck accident really means in terms of your losses, and we will fight aggressively to collect what you are owed. If the insurance company is not willing to cover these losses in full, we will not hesitate to take your case to court.

Contact Us

If you have been in an accident with a large truck, sit down with one of our attorneys to find out what to do next. Contact our Jacksonville office online, or at (904) 358-2020. We will review your case for free, and if you have grounds to pursue compensation, we will consult with experts to determine liability and calculate what you are owed. You pay nothing unless and until we collect a settlement or jury award for you.

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