Trucking Accidents in the United StatesBy The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus
Feb. 23, 2012 11:39a
Estimates of the number of trucks operating in the United States are around 15.5 million, of which 2 million are tractor trailers. It is estimated that more 3.5 million truck drivers operate these vehicles, sharing the highways and roads with smaller passenger cars and motorcycles. According to data gathered from the United States Department of Transportation, the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately half a million accidents occur every year involving trucks. About 5,000 deaths occur due to such accidents. Approximately 98 percent of accidents involving semis result in a death.
Further statistics from these organizations show that close to 90 percent of accidents involving commercial trucks can be attributed to or made worse by human error. Driver fatigue accounts for approximately 30 percent of such accidents. Because of the enormous size and weight of commercial trucks, when they collide with smaller vehicles, those in the smaller vehicles suffer the most damage and injury.
Experienced Legal Representation from a Riverside Personal Injury Attorney
Some statistics show that California has a significantly higher number of truck accidents than other states. This may due to its size and population alone. Californians in densely populated areas such as Riverside often share the roads and highways with a large number of commercial trucks, resulting in a significant number of accidents.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident in and around Riverside, you should get capable legal representation to determine if you have grounds for a valid injury claim. Where negligence is the underlying cause, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses, such as medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and more. You can discuss your case in a free consultation with a Riverside personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus. Founded in 1987, the firm has recovered more than 75 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the area.
Contact a Riverside truck accident attorney at the firm if you have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck today.
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