The Frightening Statistics of Semi-Truck Accidents
It’s probably not surprising to hear that being involved in a truck accident can be a serious matter – especially when you consider that the average semi-truck weighs up to 20 or 30 times more than a standard passenger car. But when faced with the facts about the dangers of truck accidents, it becomes clear that unsafe, overtired, or inattentive truck drivers can be one of the biggest risks to your safety on the road.
According to information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), more than 4,100 individuals died as a result of large truck crashes in 2017. Of those fatalities, only 17 percent were semi-truck drivers, with nearly 70 percent of deaths being the occupants of passenger vehicles involved. When a vehicular accident involved just two vehicles (one being a passenger vehicle and the other a semi-truck), almost 100 percent of those killed were occupants of a passenger vehicle. In addition to fatal truck accidents, hundreds of thousands of other related accidents led to serious injury and property damage.
What does this mean when you’ve been involved in a truck accident? Whether you’re a surviving victim yourself or are pursuing justice on behalf of a loved one, the statistics prove that it’s not a situation to take lightly. The right truck accident lawyer can help you fight for your rights in court, standing up to irresponsible truck driving and doing your part to make the roads safer for everyone.
Topeka Truck Accident Attorneys You Can Trust
Being involved in a semi-truck accident is a frightening, confusing, and overwhelming experience, especially if you or a loved one has been seriously injured, or even killed due to a wrongful death. All too often, truck accident victims feel the pressure to settle with the insurance company and avoid legal action – but did you know that there are many factors that could contribute to the truck driver being at-fault?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) describes factors that can contribute to a semi-truck accident, including:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truck drivers operating a vehicle under the influence
- Safety violations
- Poorly-maintained trucks
- Issues with truck braking capabilities
- Bad weather conditions
The team at the Palmer Law Group understands that they are many reasons for truck accidents to occur – a considerable number of which are completely no fault of the passenger vehicle occupants.
Take Action When You’re Involved in a Semi-Truck Accident
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a commercial vehicle accident, the Palmer Law Group is here to help. Finding yourself in a situation in which you’re not at-fault in an accident can be challenging enough, especially when you’re faced with pressure from the insurance companies, another driver, and other sources – but that stress can multiply tenfold when you’re going up against a major corporation or business backing the commercial truck driver.
The truck accident experts at the Palmer Law Group can alleviate the burden, guiding you through the complex process of navigating the legal system. Because we possess a detailed understanding of current Kansas and federal trucking laws, as well as general traffic regulations, our team can offer you the benefit of an experienced, knowledgeable perspective on your situation.
We believe that all drivers have the right to be safe on the road – and when a commercial driver fails to adhere to proper safety regulations, it’s important that the proper action is taken to make it right.
Get more information about how to take the next steps in your truck accident legal case by contacting the Palmer Law Group for a no-cost consultation.
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