Large semi-trucks travel along almost all major highways across the country, and they are undoubtedly the largest vehicles on the road. Trucks are 20-30 times larger than most passenger cars and are much taller with a greater ground clearance.
This fact leaves no surprise that most deaths in truck accidents are occupants in passenger vehicles.
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After a historic low in 2009, the number of deaths from trucking accidents have been on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2013, 3,964 deaths and 95,000 injuries were the result of truck accidents. A 17 percent increase from 2009.
Many safety advocates cite overworked drivers who push the limits and drive while impaired as the root cause behind the increase. Truck interests, however, say the upturn is the result of an improving economy that has increased congestion on the roads with more people traveling for holidays in association with an increased demand for shipped goods.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also blames the sheer size and poor maneuverability of the vehicles for the high number of trucking accidents. Loaded tractor trailers can take 20-40 percent more space to come to a complete stop than cars do.
Regardless of the reasons for the rise in injuries and deaths, the bottom line is that trucks are very dangerous vehicles that can cause great harm to surrounding motorists.
Victims of truck accidents should seek help from a skilled truck accident lawyer who knows the industry and is dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve.
Contact the office of GWC Injury Lawyers for a free consultation if you have been injured in a trucking accident.