Every time we go out on the road to drive whether it is a five-minute errand to a long-road trip to see family out-of-state, we take a risk. No one intends on getting into a car accident and for the most part, the majority of drivers try to engage in safe driving practices. Americans drive so much, though, that the chances of having a fender bender to a serious accident are high. There are more than 6 million traffic accidents in the United States every year, and more than half will at least result in injuries.
When a passenger vehicle and a truck collide, often the results are devastating because of the sheer difference in size and force that a truck has versus a smaller car. The good news is those truck accidents aren’t as common as those between passenger vehicles. One reason may be that there are simply more passenger vehicles on the road versus trucks. However, they do occur. Large trucks make up about 8% of all fatal accidents and large trucks account for 2.4% of all accidents every year in the United States according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
Truck Crash Statistics
According to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were almost 5,000 fatalities from accidents involving large trucks or buses in 2017. From 2016 through 2017, the number of fatal crashes that had large trucks involved increased by 10%. The rate that large trucks were involved in crashes that ended with injuries during that same time frame also rose by 5%. Property damages between 2016-2017 saw an increase of 3% where large trucks were involved.
When serious injuries are sustained after a truck-related accident the victim is looking at a long road to recovery. Doctors’ appointments for visits and checkups, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medications, chiropractic treatment, and surgery are all possibilities that a victim will have to work through. Also, the injuries may not allow the victim to be able to work. In this case, they will lose out on wages needed to pay the increasing medical bills as well as their normal monthly bills.
Because of the extreme financial and physical stress that accident injuries take on victims, victims must obtain compensation to help them with these burdens. An experienced Janesville personal injury lawyer at the Alexander J. Smith Law Offices will examine your accident situation and advise you on the best path forward to receiving a fair settlement after your accident experience.
Get Legal Help Today After A Trucking Accident In Illinois Or Wisconsin
The team of Janesville trucking accident attorneys at Alexander J. Smith Law Offices understands the challenges that victims of truck accidents face and we will work with you to ensure that your best interests are represented and your rights are protected.
Don’t wait to start the personal injury claims process. You need compensation as soon as possible. Call us today to set up a free consultation at (608) 237-7035 for residents of Wisconsin or (815) 2439686 for residents of Illinois. One of our highly committed and highly knowledgeable Wisconsin and Illinois personal injury attorneys is here to help.