It makes sense; large trucks cause large crashes. But, do statistics back up this common sense theory? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration carries out in-depth studies to determine the impact of truck crashes in Texas and across the country. They compile data to determine how many injuries and deaths crashes with semi-trucks cause each year. Highlights of the last study (completed using nationwide data from 2005) include the fact that:
- In multiple vehicle crashes involving a large truck, 3,943 motorists were killed.
- 346 pedestrians and 87 bicyclists died during a crash with an 18-wheeler.
- Crashes with large trucks injured at least 114,000 people.
- Drivers of semi-trucks represent only 19.3% of injuries caused by a crash with their vehicle.
- Other drivers and passengers made up nearly 80% of the injuries sustained during this type of crash.
Texas Trucking Crashes
The FMCSA also collects data by state. In 2005, 502 people were killed during 427 crashes with a large truck. Texas leads many states in the number of people injured or killed during crashes with a semi.
As Keller personal injury attorneys we know this is true. Our experienced lawyers have dedicated their careers to fighting for the rights of those injured or killed during a crash with a large truck. Too often, truck driver's exhibit dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving and erratic moves in traffic. As the statistics from the FMCSA show, when these behaviors cause a crash, the other motorists pay the price.
If you have been involved in a crash with an 18-wheeler or you have lost a loved one during a large truck crash, contact The Hart Law Firm for your free consultation. No gimmicks, no silly names, just dedicated, aggressive attorneys, ready and waiting to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call today. 1.800.856.2347