In the United States, there are approximately 15.5 million commercial trucks in operation, 2 million of which are tractor trailers. With so many trucks on the road, the chances of truck crash accidents increase greatly. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a Florida truck crash, a skilled truck crash injury lawyer can help you file a claim in order to receive the compensation you deserve for your financial, physical and emotional losses.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to a 2008 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, approximately 380,000 commercial trucks were involved in traffic accidents, of those accidents, 4,066 proved fatal. Truck accidents made up 11% of all traffic fatalities that year.
TruckInfo.net reports that commercial trucks are involved in 2.4% of all traffic accidents, and every 16 minutes, a person is injured or killed in a commercial truck crash. Of the 5,000 people killed in truck crashes each year, approximately 98% of victims are the drivers of the other passenger vehicle.
Because of their weight-most commercial trucks weigh much more than 10,000 pounds-trucks have the potential to cause devastating accidents, which may result in injuries and wrongful death.