Truck accidents are often catastrophic events, and they can leave multiple injuries and deaths in their wake. It may seem obvious why they are so dramatic, but new research highlights just how dangerous truck accidents can be, as well as the most common causes behind them. If you are suffering from injuries sustained in a car or truck accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
You do not have to struggle through the daunting recovering process alone. Morris Bart, LLC is a qualified personal-injury attorney with a team of more than 50 experienced lawyers supported by a staff of 100 law professionals who are ready to assess your claim. Call us today at 800-537-8185 to schedule an appointment, and read on for some facts and stats regarding truck accidents in America.
Trucks Are Responsible for Thousands of Deaths and Injuries Every Year
According to Science Daily, trucks cause more than 4,500 deaths on American roads every year. A serious car crash can result in significant losses in productivity, property damage and extensive injuries. New research indicates that trucks make up just 8 percent of U.S. highway traffic, but they are involved in 11 percent of fatal road accidents.
Researchers examined more than 1,000 crashes and categorized them as property damage only, non-incapacitating injury, serious injury or fatal. They then looked at the causes and categorized those as traffic, driver, vehicle or environmental. Researchers found that the percentage volume of trucks on the road directly affected the severity of any crashes that occurred.
They also found that lower truck volume with a higher truck percentage increased the risk of a fatal crash. In addition, the study revealed a number of other key factors that influenced both rate and severity of truck crashes, including weather, speed and poor visibility from the driver’s seat, particularly in longer combination trucks.
Road Safety Is Improving
While truck accidents can be devastating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the fatality rate for trucks, SUVs and vans is declining. Statistics indicate that the fatality rate has dropped by as much as 81 percent between 1960 and 2012. Experts believe the fatality rate is decreasing because of an increase in safety standards in modern vehicles.
At the same time, safer roads, widespread behavior programs and improved emergency medical services mean less risk for everyone. Serious accidents are still a reality, though, and if you are suffering from injuries sustained in a car or truck crash, an Alexandria personal-injury lawyer may be able to help.
Morris Bart, LLC has a qualified team of experienced professionals who are ready to examine your claim and determine if it you are entitled to compensation. We may be able to recover costs associated with medical bills and lost wages, and we will work to defend your rights as an innocent car crash victim. Call us today at 800-537-8185 to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.