There are millions of commercial trucks, including tractor-trailers, moving vans, and logging trucks, registered in the United States, and these vehicles travel hundreds of millions of miles a year. This means that we regularly see the and share the roads with them.
In most cases, sharing the road with a tractor-trailer is uneventful and everyone reaches their destinations safely. However, there are conditions under which a regular motorist may be at an increased risk of being injured in an accident with a commercial truck or 18-wheeler.
- Fatal crashes involving large trucks are more likely to occur on rural roads
- Over 80 percent of fatal and nonfatal accidents happen on weekdays
- Daytime accidents account for about 65 percent of fatal crashes involving a large truck and nearly 80 percent of injury-causing accidents
- 20 percent of large truck crashes reported to police were injury-causing while about 1 percent were fatal
- Between 2010 and 2015, there was a 6 percent increase in fatal truck crashes
- Speeding was the most commonly cited factor in fatal crashes, followed by distraction for truck drivers and impairment for passenger vehicle drivers
What we can take from this information
Drivers should be especially cautious around commercial motor vehicles given the sheer size of these trucks. Drivers would also be wise to be aware of speeding, aggressive or distracted driving and signs of impairment from drivers of tractor-trailers.
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, accidents can and do still happen. In these situations, it is crucial to get medical attention and talk to an experienced trucking attorney in order to preserve crucial evidence from the scene and prevent the loss or destruction of information required to be maintained by the tractor-trailer company and its driver. Call the attorneys at Cavanaugh & Thickens today to schedule a free consultation about your case and protect your right to receive the compensation you need and deserve in the wake of an accident involving a large truck.