Accidents involving trucks can cause a range of damage, and while the low end of that range is relatively minor, trucks often cause severe and often fatal amounts of damage due to their large size. A group effort from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has produced data pertaining to truck accidents:
- There are just over 2 million semis, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and tractor trailers collectively on U.S. roads. Accidents in which these vehicles are involved cost $20 billion every year and there are just under 65 casualties for every 100 million miles driven by these vehicles.
- 90% of commercial truck accidents are caused by human error, 75% are caused by the operator of the smaller vehicle, and 30% are caused by driver fatigue. These accidents have an average damages cost of nearly $60 thousand.
- The U.S. has an average of 2,500 fire truck accidents every year, injuring around 1,100 people. In just under 1,900 of those accidents, however, only property damage occurred.
There are about 130,000 casualties from truck collisions each year, which is the result of 22% of all truck accidents causing bodily harm. If you or someone you know has been injured by a negligent truck driver, you may have a case to obtain financial compensation. Contact an attorney with Ausband & Dumont at (404) 812-0051 today.