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The Odds of Getting Into a Truck Accident

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October 19, 2015 | Truck Accidents |

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Truck accidents are much more likely to cause injury and destruction than car accidents, due simply to the weight and size of trucks on the road. Fortunately, statistics indicate that most truck drivers operate vehicles safely: Of accidents responsible for injury, just 3% are caused by trucks. The other 97% are caused by other types of motor vehicles.

Startling Truck Accident Statistics

Despite this relatively small involvement, however, injuries and fatalities caused by truck accidents are still startling. An accident where a semi-truck (also known as a tractor-trailer or big rig) is involved, for example, is 98% likely to result in a fatality. For every 100 million miles driven on highways in the nation, more than two fatalities and 60 injuries occur. Fatal semi-truck accidents alone cost $20 billion annually, with nearly two-thirds attributed to decreases in quality of life.

Parties Responsible for Truck Accidents

Because of the many players not only driving the truck but involved in purchasing, leasing, or loading the truck, a truck accident is often far more complicated than a car accident. Responsible parties may include:

  • Truck driver
  • Owner of the truck
  • Person or company who leased the vehicle
  • Manufacturer of the truck or its parts
  • Shipper of the truck’s cargo
  • Loader of the cargo

The Role of Federal Government in Truck Accidents

A further complicating factor is the role of federal regulations and laws. All parties must meet federal rules, which can be used to determine who is at fault in the event of an accident.

Contact a Truck Accident Attorney Today

Because of the potential damage and complications, it is highly advisable to consult an attorney if you or a loved one has been in a truck accident. The Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham are highly experienced and will fight vigilantly for your rights. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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