A traffic accident involving a large commercial truck, such as an 18-wheeler or semi truck can have disastrous consequences. A typical fully-loaded large commercial truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds, while an average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Because of the sheer size of trucks, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious, even fatal injuries.
Get The Facts:
- A total of 3,852 people died in large truck crashes in the US in 2015.
- 11 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2015 in the US involved large trucks.
- 53 percent of deaths in large truck crashes occurred on major roads other than interstates and freeways, 30 percent occurred on interstates and freeways, and 14 percent occurred on minor roads.
- 42 percent of deaths from crashes involving large trucks occurred between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., compared to 30 percent of crash deaths not involving large trucks in the US.
- From 2014-2015, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 8 percent i.e. from 3,749 to 4,050 in the US.
How Can You As a Passenger Car Avoid Accidents With Trucks?
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries by filing a legal claim against the responsible parties.
In these serious cases, only the most experienced lawyers can take on the trucking industry and its insurance carriers with confidence.
If you were hurt or you lost a loved one in a trucking accident in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania, submit the case evaluation form on the right for a free consultation by our Truck Accident Trial Group.
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- Avoid a tractor trailer’s blind spots.
- Avoid passing a truck on the right when the truck is turning right.
- Observe a truck’s turn signals.
- Use appropriate passing procedures and do not cut trucks off.
- Report dangerous driving to proper authorities.