Analyzing the Percentage of Accidents Caused by Semi-Trucks

Oct 10, 2022

What Percentage of Accidents Are Caused by Semi-Trucks?

 

While headlines often grab attention with statistics on semi-truck accidents, understanding the whole picture is crucial. According to the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data from 2021, 9.3% of fatal crashes involved large trucks.

While this might seem relatively small, it’s crucial to remember the severity of semi-truck accidents compared to those involving passenger vehicles. Additionally, the data shows 25,704 crashes involving light trucks in 2021, accounting for 41.9% of all fatal accidents. So, while crashes involving large trucks are less frequent, they often result in more severe injuries and fatalities.

If you or your loved one survived an accident with a semi-truck, consider yourself lucky. Many people involved in truck accidents succumb to their injuries. Surviving the accident doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered life-altering losses. If you’re left with devastating injuries and are facing mounting money problems from medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing medical treatment, consider reaching out to a truck accident personal injury lawyer.

An experienced truck accident lawyer can help you file a claim with the liable party’s insurance company and negotiate the compensation you’re owed.

 

Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

 

Like other motor vehicle crashes, semi-truck accidents typically happen when one or more drivers engage in negligent behavior. Although truck drivers are less likely to be injured than passenger vehicle drivers, either party can be liable for the accident. Some of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents include:

  • Distracted drivingTruck drivers are often tempted to text, talk on the phone, eat, and succumb to other distractions while operating their vehicles on long trips.
  • Fatigue: Busy schedules and delays may result in truck drivers working long hours without a break.
  • Reckless drivingSpeeding, reckless passing, and road rage are just a few examples of dangerous and reckless driving.
  • Driving while intoxicatedDriving under the influence may have tragic consequences and result not only in civil lawsuits but also criminal charges against the drunk truck driver.

Some non-driver causes of semi-truck accidents include road damage, severe weather, poor servicing or maintenance of the truck, or improper cargo loading. The latter can negatively affect maneuverability and driver control and potentially cause a truck to lose cargo, which may pose a significant threat to nearby drivers.

 

What Should You Do if You’ve Been in a Semi-Truck Accident?

 

As a passenger vehicle driver injured in a semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation even if you’re partially at fault for the crash. Under Georgia’s comparative negligence law, as long as you’re less than 50 percent at fault for your injuries, you may be awarded compensation (reduced by the percentage of fault you shared).

Remember that proving fault in a semi-truck accident can be tricky as several parties could be at fault. In “regular” accidents involving passenger vehicles, one or both drivers typically share fault for the crash. Large truck crashes can be a lot more complicated. A fault may be attributed to several different parties, including the:

  • Driver of the truck
  • Trucking company
  • Individuals or company that loaded the cargo
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Local government or state agency responsible for safe road conditions

A personal injury lawyer experienced in handling truck accident cases will investigate the accident and determine which party or parties are at fault.

Knowing who contributed to the accident and your subsequent injuries allows you to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company.

 

What Damages Can I Recover From a Semi-Truck Accident?

 

You are potentially eligible to recover several damages after a semi-truck accident. Many of these damages are considered economic, meaning they are monetary losses you suffered because of your injuries. Examples of economic losses include:

  • Medical bills
  • Ongoing medical expenses
  • Lost wages and earning potential
  • Transportation costs to doctor appointments and physical therapy

You may also claim non-economic damages, which is compensation for the subjective mental and physical suffering you endured in the aftermath of your accident. Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Scarring or disfigurement

 

How Can an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Help?

 

While truck accident statistics may show these accidents as less frequent, their immense size and weight often translate to devastating consequences. In such situations, an experienced truck accident attorney becomes your crucial ally. But beyond filing claims and negotiating settlements, their expertise offers invaluable support in several key ways:

1. Unraveling the Complexities

Truck accidents often involve multiple parties – the truck driver, trucking company, maintenance providers, and potentially others. Each bears varying degrees of responsibility, and a skilled lawyer understands the intricate regulations and liability laws governing each party. They thoroughly investigate the accident, gather crucial evidence, and build a solid case that identifies all liable parties, maximizing your potential compensation.

2. Leveling the Playing Field

Insurance companies have vast resources and experienced adjusters who may try to downplay your claim. An experienced lawyer counters this power imbalance. They understand insurance company tactics and negotiate aggressively to ensure you receive a fair and just settlement that reflects the full extent of your economic and non-economic damages.

3. Preserving Your Rights

Time is of the essence in any legal matter, and truck accident cases are no exception. Statutes of limitations dictate strict deadlines for filing claims. An experienced attorney ensures you meet these deadlines and preserves your right to seek compensation. They also handle all legal communication and paperwork, allowing you to focus on healing and recovery.

4. Navigating the Emotional Toll

The aftermath of fatal truck accidents can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally. An experienced lawyer provides compassionate guidance and support throughout the process. They understand the emotional trauma victims experience and are sensitive to your needs, offering reassurance and advocating for your well-being.

5. Access to Expert Resources

Complex cases may require testimony from accident reconstruction specialists, medical professionals, and other experts. An experienced lawyer has a network of such professionals and understands how to leverage their expertise to strengthen your case and maximize your compensation.

 

The Dressie Law Firm Can Help You Build a Compelling Personal Injury Case

 

Parties liable for semi-truck accidents frequently refuse to cooperate with the injured driver. Other times, injured drivers may be tricked or intimidated into accepting an unfair settlement. Having a compassionate yet aggressive personal injury lawyer in your corner can help you get the compensation you deserve.

The car accident attorneys at the Dressie Law Firm in Atlanta are here to help you with your case. We’re dedicated to determining fault, gathering evidence, and fighting for the fair compensation our clients deserve.

Call our Atlanta law office at (678) 619-2977 to schedule your free consultation.