By: Allan M. Siegel
Accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers happen in a lot of different
places, and for a lot of different reasons. Although there are many laws
and regulations in place to prevent these serious crashes, truck accidents
continue to injure and kill thousands of Americans every year all across
our country. According to a statistics compiled by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), however, some states see more truck-related
injuries and deaths than others.
Conducted by the NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis,
the statistical study focused on data regarding the total number of commercial
tractor-trailers involved in deadly crashes in proportion to the total
vehicle population in 2012.
Here are some findings from the study:
- Large trucks accounted for roughly 8.3% - or 3,802 - of fatal vehicle crashes
in the U.S. in 2012.
- 697 truck drivers died in crashes, and 25,000 more were injured.
- Approximately 381 non-occupants - pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. - died
in tractor-trailer crashes. 3,000 more were injured.
- North Dakota had the highest ratio of truck-related fatalities, while Texas
had the highest percentage of fatal truck accidents overall.
According to the statistics, states with the
highest risks of fatal tractor-trailer accidents include: North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska,
Iowa, Oklahoma, and Texas.
States with the
lowest risks of fatal tractor-trailer accidents include: Massachusetts, Hawaii, Rhode
Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.
Although risks may be proportionately higher in certain states, all states
across the country, including Virginia, Maryland, and the the District
of Columbia, see tragic
tractor-trailer accidents injure and kill innocent people on a regular basis. Often, these casualties
are caused by the negligence of truck drivers or companies that fail to
comply with crucial safety regulations.
Ultimately, these statistics lend further credibility to the argument that
commercial trucks are killing Americans at alarming rates. As we mentioned in
our blog last month, crash data like this should be driving the movement to create
tighter regulations over the trucking industry, including regulations
that directly target driver fatigue, improper vehicle maintenance, unsafe
cargo loads, and more.
Victims injured in tractor-trailer accidents - as well as families who
lose loved ones in fatal crashes - may have the right to recover compensation
for their damages. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.,
our attorneys have spent many years handling truck accident cases involving
catastrophic injuries and
wrongful death, many of which involved serious safety violations. We know what to look
for in these cases, how to fight back against trucking companies and their
insurance providers, and how to secure the compensation victims and families
need to repair their lives.
If you have questions about your legal rights after a tractor-trailer accident,
contact our firm for a FREE, no obligation case evaluation.