Deadly large truck accidents are on the rise across the U.S., despite improvements in vehicle safety and accident avoidance technology. According to the National Transport and Safety Board (NTSB), fatal truck crashes increased from 2009 to 2013, even as general motor vehicle accident fatalities fell, big rig accident attorneys note.
If you were injured, or a loved one killed, in a semi truck accident, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated truck accident lawyer.
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Report: 97% Of Heavy Trucks Operate Without Life-Saving Technology
Large truck accidents that claim people’s lives are becoming more common and accounting for a disproportionate number of all deadly motor vehicle accidents. According to The New York Times, from 2009 to 2013, car accident deaths fell, but truck crash fatalities increased a significant 17 percent. In 2013 alone, 3,964 people lost their lives in large truck accidents.
Many of these accidents may involve factors that could be mitigated with appropriate safety technology. Collision avoidance technology, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are all systems that can reduce accidents but aren’t widely used within the trucking industry. As an example, 97 percent of trucks in the heaviest weight class operate without collision-avoidance technology.
Trucks now contribute to a disproportionate number of traffic fatalities, given the fact that they only drive about one-tenth of all highway miles traveled. Data from the NTSB shows that in 2013, trucks played a role in one-eighth of all fatal crashes and one-quarter of deadly work zone accidents. As is often the case with large truck crashes, the majority of these deadly accidents claimed the lives of other road users also, the news agency reported.
Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, accidents may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.
Drivers or passengers who are injured in semi truck accidents may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income or ability to work
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from an injury
If a driver or passenger is killed in a semi truck accident, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Loss of relationship or financial support of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
- Conscious pain and suffering or a loved one prior to death
People who have been injured in a trucking accident are advised to seek a qualified semi truck accident attorney to help them protect their legal rights.
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If you have been injured, or a loved one killed in a semi truck accident, contact the American Injury Attorney Group to learn more about your options. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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