Over 3,600 people died in large truck-related accidents in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. 16% of these deaths were truck occupants, 67% were occupants of cars and other vehicles, and 15% were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died as a result of these accidents was 14% higher in 2013 than in 2009, and the number of truck occupants who suffered fatalities rose 31% during this same period.
When & Where
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 90% of large truck-related accidents occurred on highways, freeways, and other major roads, and 57% of these accidents took place between 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. In other words, auto accidents involving large trucks can happen anyplace and any time, so maintaining your focus and spatial awareness is paramount to staying safe.
What This Means For You
Suffering a large truck-related injury can be expensive and, in some cases, may even prove fatal. In addition to the cost of medical treatment and vehicle damage, victims may also lose out on future earnings as a result of their injuries and time missed at work.
If you or your loved ones are suffering from a large truck-related injury, call the attorneys at Hales & Associates, Attorneys immediately to schedule your complimentary consultation. With over two decades’ experience representing victims of personal injury in California, our professional legal team is committed to helping our clients obtain the compensation they deserve.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Highway Loss Data Institute): http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks