Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases data about car and truck accidents that occur on U.S. roadways. The most recent dataset regarding large truck accidents are sobering to say the least. Those who drive cars are far more susceptible to injuries and death when being involved in an accident involving a truck primarily due to the size of trucks.
Breaking down the 2013 data
Large truck registrations dropped by slightly more than 62,000 vehicles based on data compiled between 2012 and 2013. However, the number of accidents involving fatalities increased slightly from 3,825 in 2012 to 3,906 in 2013. Sadly, nearly 17 percent of the truck drivers involved in a fatal crash also had a prior speeding conviction on their records. In these cases, victims’ families may wish to seek the advice of a truck accident attorney to determine if they have cause to file a wrongful death suit. In North Carolina alone, 125 accidents involved large trucks resulting in the loss of 124 lives, primarily those in the other vehicles involved in the accident.
The number of victims who lost their lives in truck-related accidents is staggering, but an even more sobering statistic is the number of people who suffered an injury. During 2013, approximately 73,000 trucks were involved in accidents that resulted in bodily injury.
Seeking the assistance of an attorney
When you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a large truck or you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of an accident, the first thing you should consider after seeking medical attention is whether or not to contact semi-truck accident lawyers to help you file a lawsuit. Under North Carolina’s personal injury statutes, you have the right to file a claim for up to three years for accidents resulting in injury or within two years for accidents resulting in death.
Being involved in a traffic accident is difficult and being involved in an accident involving a semi-truck is even more devastating because trucks are typically 10 to 20 times larger than automobiles. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, contact Lewis & Keller for a free case evaluation.