Large trucks can be tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, big rigs, straight trucks, or cargo (utility) vans. Each of these vehicles weighs over 10,000 pounds, and many tip the scales at closer to 80,000 pounds! The number of trucks on U.S. roadways has climbed drastically over the years, and along with this increase has come a surge of accidents between large trucks and passenger vehicles.
Our Miami truck accident lawyers have compiled a list of facts concerning tractor trailers and other large trucks. It is our hope that these facts will call your attention to the grave dangers of trucking accidents and lead to safer driving.
• A U.S. driver is injured or killed in an accident involving a large truck every 16 minutes
• There are over 15.5 million large trucks on roadways across the U.S.
• Approximately 13% are semi trucks, tractor trailers, big rigs, and eighteen wheelers
• Over 400,000 accidents involving large trucks occur each year
• Though tractor trailer accidents are not as common as car accidents, these accidents have far higher fatality rates
• Roughly 98% of all semi truck accidents result in at least one fatality
• Over 140,000 people are injured in accidents involving semi trucks each year
• Nearly 4,000 individuals are killed
• Nearly 90% of all commercial truck accidents are caused or made worse by human error
• Semi trucks and other large trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times more than the average passenger vehicle
• Drivers and occupants of passenger vehicles are far more likely to be killed or injured in a large truck crash than the truck driver or occupants
• Seventy percent of fatalities occurring in trucking accidents are to the drivers and passengers of the motor vehicles; 14% were truck occupants; 14% were pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists
• Driver fatigue is responsible for over 30% of all fatal truck accidents
• A tractor trailer moving at a significant rate of speed can take the entire length of a football field to come to a complete stop
• Texting truck drivers are 20 times more likely to cause an accident
• 68% of all fatal truck accidents occurred in rural regions
• Approximately 66% of all fatal accidents occur during the day
• 78% of truck accidents happen during weekends
Truck drivers, as with all road users, have the duty to drive with reasonable care and in a manner so as to avoid accidents. This includes refraining from operating a truck while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and keeping one’s attention on the road. Truck drivers and truck companies additionally should ensure trucks are well maintained and drivers are trained properly and disciplined.
Drivers of passenger vehicles should be aware of truck’s “no-zones,” or the areas where a truck driver cannot see them. Car drivers should additionally recognize that trucks may slow down in work zones. Always drive defensively and avoid blind spots around trucks. If there is a truck near you driving erratically, it is best to steer clear of the truck and leave plenty of room in case the truck changes lanes too quickly or jack-knives. Further, avoid passing a truck on the right when the truck is turning. Finally, observe truck’s turn signals and use appropriate passing procedures. Remember the length of time it can take a truck to stop. Report any dangerous truck driving to the proper authorities. In the event you are involved in a truck accident, immediately call 911 then call a licensed truck accident attorney in your area.
Our firm has represented many client’s where large trucks did the unexpected; from trying to make a U-turn from the shoulder of a 4 lane divided highway, to making a left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle, to running over pedestrians in a crosswalk to improperly changing lanes or rear-ending our client’s cars. In each case, the trucking company and their driver took the position that the crash “was not their fault.” It was only after our involvement and investigation were we able to either settle the claim or get a verdict in favor of our client. Having an experienced lawyer who has handled many large truck cases is very important because there are many small intricate bits ofinformation that the lawyer must be aware of and know how to use in order to get a good result.
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If you or a loved one is injured in a trucking accident, contact the South Florida law office of Greenberg Stone and Urbano today. For over 120 collective years, we have aggressively represented the victims of trucking accidents across South Florida. Our commitment to excellence of legal services has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and it is why we have been asked to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Moreover, the Miami Herald voted us as one of the top-rated South Florida law firm, and, we have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating us as being among the best lawyers in America. We want to put this dedication to work for you, so call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation Eithe rin our main office, your home or hospital, or at one of the offices were we see client’s by appointment.