Fatal Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are more likely to result in injury or death
Losing someone close to you is arguably one of the toughest challenges a person or family can experience in life. When a life is lost prematurely, at the hands of another person’s negligence, then dealing with this loss can be all the more difficult. Truck accidents, when ending fatally, generally result in the loss of life to the victim in the smaller passenger vehicle. The physical characteristics of large semi-trailer trucks make it very difficult for victims to survive these tragic accidents.
Large Trucks are powerful vehicles that are a common sight on our roads. Their drivers are trained and certified, so they are held to a higher standard of driving. The addition of a trailer leads these commercial vehicles to be even more dangerous to other motorists on the road. Large vehicles with trailers or hazardous cargo take longer to stop and add to the vehicle’s already large mass. On average, a fully loaded truck pulling a semi-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000lbs. Compare this to the average weight of a typical passenger vehicle, typically 2,000 – 3,500 pounds and it becomes clear why so many of these accidents end tragically.
Trucking Fatal Accident Statistics
Data compiled by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) shows that for the year 2017, there that almost 5,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes. This number increased by 9% from 2016. Within these fatal accidents:
- The number of large trucks involved in property damage increased by 3% from the previous year.
- The number of injuries increased by 5% when large trucks were involved from 2016 to 2017.
- Only 2.5% of large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher.
Wrongful Death Representation
Here at Wettermark & Keith, our top truck accident attorneys represent each and every client’s wrongful death case with the utmost respect, compassion, and employ the thorough legal expertise needed to make their case a success. We realize that this is likely a difficult situation for you and your family. We are here for you.
If you have lost someone close to you in a fatal truck accident, seek the service of our lawyers here at Wettermark & Keith, today. We are experienced in dealing with cases just like yours. Our compassionate attorneys understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for you and your family. They will be here to guide you through the legal process and help however they can. We know your case matters to you and you matter to us. Therefore, we will help you get through this and get you and your family the compensation you need and deserve to recover.
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