The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and other administrations report that a crash is labeled a truck accident if the vehicle weighs more than 10,000 pounds. Truck accidents usually involve smaller vehicles that were crashed into by 18-wheelers, big rigs, semi-trucks, or tractor trailers. Because of these types of truck accidents, there is, regrettably, a great amount of people who have been seriously injured or killed.
Because large trucks are so massive and weigh thousands of pounds, truck drivers do not usually become injured and rarely die in a truck accident, whereas occupants of a smaller vehicle usually acquire serious or fatal injuries.This is especially apparent as:
The amount of commercial trucks on the road is increasing.Regrettably, this means the number of truck crashes and deaths each year are growing as well.According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
These statistics obviously show how the number of registered large trucks correlates to the number of fatalities for that year.
The percentage of large truck accident fatalities differs on the time of day, the day of the week, and the location in which the accident occurred.The U.S. Department of Transportation reported that:
Obviously the time, day, and location play an important role in fatal accidents.
Although it is assumed that drunken driving causes most truck accidents, this is not the case. As of 2003:
Another such myth is that truck drivers are at fault for fatal truck crashes a majority of the time.
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