When large trucks are involved in traffic accidents, the results are often catastrophic and can cause life-long repercussions for the people involved. Injuries that result from accidents involving trucks result in serious injuries such as spinal injuries, loss of limbs, brain injuries, coma, or even death. Because of the severity of the injuries that often occur in accidents involving semi-trucks, the victims of these accidents are often entitled to significant compensation for their injuries.
According to a 2012 fact sheet released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 there were 3,675 people killed and 80,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks (defined by the fact sheet as those trucks with a gross weight of more than 10,000 lbs). In total, there were around a quarter of a million trucks involved in traffic accidents in the United States in 2010.
The number of fatalities that resulted from trucking accidents increased by 9 percent from 2009 to 2010, and of these fatalities, around 75% were occupants in the other vehicles, 14 percent were occupants of the trucks involved, and 10 percent were non-occupants. 82% of fatal accidents involving large trucks are multiple vehicle crashes, while only 58% of passenger vehicle crashes involved multiple vehicles. In Georgia, there were 144 large truck crashes that resulted in fatalities, representing around 8 percent of all fatal vehicle crashes.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident involving a large truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, lost wages, diminished quality of life, or other injuries. Most car and truck accidents that occur on our roadways occur because of negligence, and it important to have an experienced car accident attorney review your case in order to determine whether you can recover.
The Law Offices of Shane Smith is dedicated to helping people injured in accidents involving trucks recover for their injuries. Traffic accidents that involve large trucks often result in significant injuries to the victims, and statistically are more likely to result in fatalities for occupants of passenger vehicles. To schedule a consultation with an experienced Coweta County trucking accident attorney, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999.