Many people in Arkansas are injured, sometimes fatally, in accidents involving large trucks every year. Because of the potential hazards large trucks can pose to other motorists due to their size and weight, the commercial trucking industry is highly regulated. Even given the extensive regulations governing the industry, however, many such accidents still occur.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 104,000 people were seriously injured in large truck accidents in 2012 alone. An additional 3,921 people lost their lives. Across the country, approximately 333,000 trucks were involved in accidents in that year.
Of the 104,000 injured, 73 percent were occupants of other motor vehicles, not including the injured in the trucks themselves. An additional 3 percent were outside the vehicles, such as pedestrians or cyclists. The remaining 24 percent who were seriously injured were either truck drivers or their passengers. The number of serious accidents is especially disconcerting considering that large trucks only accounted for 4 percent of all vehicles registered in 2012. Large trucks also traveled only 9 percent of all of the year's travel miles, yet they accounted for 8 percent of 2012's fatal crashes and 3 percent of the accidents resulting in injuries.
Large truck crashes can be caused by many things, including trucking negligence, fatigue, driver distraction and substance abuse. Whatever the underlying cause, people who are seriously injured in truck-involved accidents may suffer significant losses in addition to potentially permanently disabling conditions as a result. In some cases, injured victims may be able to recover damages by filing suit against both the truck driver as well as the driver's employer. An attorney who has experience in personal injury litigation can assist in determining what remedies may be available.
Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis, "Traffic Safety Facts – Large Trucks", December 28, 2014