Trucking Accidents

FACT: 3 out of 4 People Killed in Large Truck Crashes Were the Occupants of Other Vehicles Involved

Trucking Accidents

7 Facts About Trucking Accidents

  • The trucking industry moved 69% of the domestic freight in the United States and employed 3.4 million drivers and more than 7 million people in 2014, according to the American Trucking Association.
  • The trucking industry reports that it invests nearly $10 billion annually in safety.
  • The safety efforts include on-board truck safety technology (e.g. collision avoidance systems, video event recorders), driver safety training, driver safety incentive pay, and compliance and safety regulations (e.g. random drug tests, motor vehicle record checks).
  • Most truck drivers may be skilled and patient drivers, but any carelessness on the part of a truck driver or a nearby passenger vehicle can be catastrophic to those involved in a crash.
  • Truck drivers may be pressured to deliver a load in time or have inadequate training in driving technique or defensive driving.
  • Passenger vehicle drivers may drive in a truck’s blind spots, change lanes abruptly, drive between large trucks, speed up or slow down when a truck attempts to merge or change lanes, or misjudge a truck’s speed when they are turning left.
  • Due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved, truck crashes have the potential to create serious injury or fatalities.


4 Facts About Large Truck Accidents in the U.S.

(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts: 2014 Data, “Large Trucks.” May 2016).

  • In 2014, in the US there were 3,903 people killed and roughly 111,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. Roughly 3 out of 4 people killed in large truck crashes were the occupants of other vehicles involved.
  • In 2014, there were 438,000 large trucks involved in police-reported traffic crashes and 3,744 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Large Trucks accounted for 8% of all the vehicles involved in a fatal crash. Truck Tractors accounted for 2,519 (2 out of 3) of the truck crashes. Among the fatal crashes, more than half (57.5%) involved a frontal collision as the initial point of impact and 13.7% involved a rollover incident. Among the Truck Tractors towing a trailer (n=2,443), 7.4% of the crashes involved a jackknife.
  • Compared to drivers of other vehicles, the large truck drivers involved in a fatal crash are more likely to have a history of another crash (14.9%), less likely to have a previous driving conviction such as suspended license or revocation or driving while intoxicated.

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Large Truck Accidents in New York State

  • In 2014, large trucks made up 7.4% of the vehicles involved in the fatal crashes in New York State (104 large trucks out of 1,404 fatal crashes).
  • Two out of 3 fatal crashes involved a frontal collision as the first point of contact.

Types of Trucks Involved in Large Truck Accidents

  • Tractor trailers or 18-wheelers
  • Delivery trucks or vans
  • Dump trucks
  • Tanker trucks
  • Larger commercial vehicles

The Kuehner Law Firm Approach

Help Our Client, Help The Community
Truck accidents can be serious and you will need an experienced firm to help you and your family recover after a crash. A lawsuit can be brought to help you get compensated for the expenses you have after the crash. Most of the time the lawsuit will be brought against the trucking company who owns the vehicle and not the driver him/herself. Truck drivers are held to a high standard of safety, and violation of safety rules can have devastating consequences. Driver fatigue, failure to inspect equipment, speeding, and distracted driving are all elements that have produced life-changing injuries for our clients. Truck crashes often involve multiple vehicles and victims so these cases can become complicated. We have handled million-dollar cases for our clients who have been hurt as a result of a truck driver’s carelessness.
The KLF uses an approach called root cause analysis with every case to determine what the most underlying causes are for the crash and who should be held responsible. In our experience from handling truck crash cases, we have learned that causes of a crash are not always apparent from a police accident report. We utilize these reports prepared by officials at the scene. However, we also interview witnesses and conduct our own thorough investigation using all available evidence from the crash scene.

Learn More About Root Cause Analysis

We work with experts who pull the event data recorder records off of the trucks and cars involved. Our experts canvass the neighborhoods near crash sites to preserve and gather any security camera footage that may have captured the trucks and cars involved. Our experts use the most sophisticated computer software to help us understand the forces involved in the crash. Understanding those forces often tells us exactly what happened and who was at fault. When needed we bring in instructors from tractor trailer driving schools, driver’s education teachers and police officers to explain the rules of the road and what the consequences will be if they are broken.
The goal of every case is to get our injured client full compensation for each and every harm and loss that was caused by violation of simple safety rules.