Fatality Statistics Involving Trucks
Thousands of truck accidents occur in the United States every year. Truck accidents can be a traumatic event for all parties involved, especially when it causes fatalities. Commercial vehicles usually travel at a high rate of speed while on the road; this can result in severe injuries and extensive property damage when they are involved in a wreck.
If your loved one was killed in a Connecticut truck accident due the negligent actions of another, you may have grounds for legal action. To speak with a compassionate lawyer about your loved one’s untimely death, complete the contact form on this page.
Statistics on Truck Accident Fatalities
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that were over 3,500 truck accident fatalities in 2010. Fatal truck accidents increased 8.7 percent from 2009, when only 3,380 people were killed in truck collisions.
According to the NHTSA, there were 14 truck accident fatalities in 2011.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration researched truck accidents in 2009 and found the following results:
- The three leading driving-related factors in fatal truck crashes were inattention to driving conditions, speeding and failure to stay in the lane.
- Two percent of all truck drivers that were involved in truck accident fatalities were inebriated at the time of the crash.
- Seven percent of all fatal vehicle accidents involved commercial trucks.
Causes of Fatal Truck Accidents
Some of the leading factors in fatal truck wrecks include driver fatigue, improperly maintained rigs and driver error. People often assume that commercial vehicles are more likely to be involved in fatal truck crashes; however, research has proven otherwise. Some statistics on fatal truck accidents in 2009 are listed below:
- Three percent of all fatal truck accidents involved doubles.
- Almost 33 percent of all trucks involved in fatal collisions were tractor-trailers pulling a semi-trailer.
- Trucks that had three are more trailers were in less than .01 of truck accident fatalities.
Certain types of truck accidents are more likely to result in fatalities. One of the most deadly types of truck accidents is the head-on collision due to the weight and momentum of the truck. Another deadly type of accident is the underride truck accidents. Also, rear-end collisions and jackknife truck accidents caused by brake failure often result in fatalities.
Contact a Bridgeport Wrongful Death Attorney
If your family member was fatally injured in a truck collision, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of future earnings. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we urge all family members of truck accident victims to seek legal counsel after a fatal crash. An experienced attorney can thoroughly explain your legal rights and options.
Our attorneys and staff know how difficult life can be after loved one’s unexpected death. Let our legal team file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf to ensure your financial stability. We will handle legal matters on your behalf so you can concentrate on the healing process.
We have three convenient office locations in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven to assist residents with their legal claims.
For additional information about Connecticut wrongful death claims, fill out the contact form on this page.