The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its 2011 Annual Report which includes data regarding the number of people injured or killed in accidents involving large trucks. As a reference, the NHTSA defines large trucks as vehicles with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds. More commonly referred to as semi trucks, tractor trailers or 18-wheelers. According to the Report, 287,000 big trucks were involved in traffic crashes in 2011. Statistics explain that accidents involving large trucks result in catastrophic or fatal injuries to the occupants of the other vehicle. The truck driver is not usually injured because of the truck’s size.
There were a total of 3,757 fatalities resulting from large truck accident. Of these fatalities, 2,695 were occupants of other vehicles—this is more than 70% of the total fatalities. There were also 427 (11%) fatalities of non-occupants, such as pedestrians or cyclists. The number of injuries caused by eighteen wheeler truck accidents is alarming. In 2011, 88,000 people were injured. Of those people injured, 64,000 were occupants of other vehicles. This is more than 70% of the total number of injured persons. The total amount of non-occupants who were injured totaled 2% or 2,000.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an eighteen wheeler semi truck accident in Tampa or anywhere in Florida, and you believe the truck driver or company is at fault, you have a right to seek a claim for damages. You should not be burdened with medical expenses, lost wages, or property damage as a result of someone else’s negligence. Additionally, you may recover damages for wrongful death and pain and suffering. Contact the Capaz Law Firm to speak with an experienced Tampa trucking accident attorney who will investigate each aspect of your accident, pursue any reasonable claims on your behalf, and advocate for just compensation. Call (813) 440-2700 for your free consultation.
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