Understanding Northern California Large Truck Accidents

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 29-Nov-2012

Large trucks can weigh 20-30 times as much as the average passenger vehicle, and they need 20-40 times the distance to stop fully, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With differences in size, weight, and speed that are this big, it comes as no surprise that when a large truck and a small passenger car collide, the results can be devastating for those in the smaller vehicle.

IIHS studies over the past several years have revealed a number of sobering statistics about large truck accidents in the U.S., including:

  • In 2010, truck accidents took 3,413 lives. Seventy-two percent of those killed were in cars or other passenger vehicles at the time of the crash, and 13 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. Only 14 percent of deaths were suffered by the truck’s driver or passenger.
  • Although large trucks make up only 4 percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S., they account for about 9 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths.
  • Three in every four fatal truck accidents in 2010 involved a tractor-trailer. The remaining 25 percent of accidents involved a single-unit truck, like a box truck.
  • The rate of large truck accidents has decreased yearly since 1975, but more work is needed.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck crash, please don’t hesitate to call an experienced truck crash lawyer in San Francisco at Van Der Walde & Associates to learn more about your legal rights and options. For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact us today at (800) 900-0863.

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