Large trucks can weight tens of thousands of pounds, making them a fierce force to reckon with when it comes to traffic accidents. Because of the size and weight of these trucks, they can easily crush smaller vehicles around them in the case of a collision. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTS) shows that the majority (72%) of victims killed in accidents involving large trucks were occupants of other vehicles. The same percentage applied for those injured in such accidents. The agency defines "large trucks" as trucks that have gross vehicle weight ratings of 10,000 pounds or more.
The NHTS has released various statistics that provide insight into just how many people are impacted by large truck accidents, as well as the common characteristics of these types of crashes. Our law firm, Wyly & Cook, LLP, has listed some of these statistics below. According to the NHTSA, these are the numbers that reflect large truck accidents in the U.S. in 2011:
88,000—People injured from accidents involving large trucks (10% year-over-year increase)
3,608—Large Trucks involved in fatal crashes
3,757—People killed in accidents involving large trucks (2% increase)
408—Large trucks involved in fatal crashes in Texas only
80%—Percentage of fatal large truck accidents that were multiple-vehicle crashes (compared to 58% for passenger vehicles)
8%—Percentage of all motor vehicle fatal crashes that involved large trucks
After being seriously injured in a truck accident, it is vital that you obtain strong legal counsel. Our Houston car accident attorneys at Wyly & Cook, LLP can fight aggressively on your behalf to obtain maximum compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost income, vehicle damage, pain and suffering and more. We are here to help you prove the other party's fault in the accident and prove the extent of the damages you suffered.
Contact us to speak with a skilled lawyer concerning your truck accident claim or lawsuit!