Robert Sparks Attorneys Articles U.S. Truck Accident Trends and Data

U.S. Truck Accident Trends and Data

By Robert Sparks Attorneys  Jun. 12, 2012 11:38a

The Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute tracks truck accident statistics through its Trucks Involved in Fatal Accidents (TIFA) survey program. These survey statistics involve trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or more. According to the Center's 2007 Factbook, truck accident trends show an average of about 5,200 fatal truck crashes every year. The most common type of trucks involved in traffic accidents are tractors pulling one semitrailer, with a 59 percentage of accidents. From the years 2003 to 2007, Texas, California, and Florida had the greatest number of traffic accidents involving trucks. While the number of individuals who died in truck accidents decreased during these years, the number of truck drivers who died in such accidents increased.

Throughout 2003 to 2007, Florida had a total of 1,894 fatal truck accidents. The neighboring states of Georgia reported 1,234, Alabama reported 698, and Mississippi reported 427. Most of these accidents involved highway speeds of 55 miles per hour. The most frequent type of accidents were head-on crashes into the truck's lane, rear-end collisions, trucks running off the road, hitting objects in the road, and "other" reasons.

Tampa Truck Accident Attorney

Being involved in a traffic accident with a large truck can have devastating consequences. In the aftermath of such an accident, you may have to deal with a corporate trucking firm insured by commercial insurance carriers with their own procedures, investigators, and attorneys. The claims process can be complicated and intimidating, which is why you should rely on the Robert Sparks Attorneys to represent you. The firm has an impressive track record in accident claim litigation and can pour its exceptional legal skills and resources into obtaining a fair settlement for you where negligence has occurred.

If you have been hurt in a Florida truck accident, contact the office to speak to a Tampa truck accident lawyer concerning your case as soon as possible. The earlier the firm is involved in your accident case, the more effective it can be in helping you achieve favorable results.

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