Semi-Truck and Commercial Trucking Accident Statistics
In 2015 in the United States, there were 138,000 people injured in large truck and bus accidents. For many years, there had been a significant decrease in trucking accidents; however, from 2009 to 2015 there was a 62% increase in commercial trucking accidents. Additionally, the number of buses involved in fatal crashes increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent. Fatal crashes involving buses also increased by 9 percent from 2014-15. Including trucking accidents, more than 35,000 people were killed on U.S. roads in 2015. In 2016 the projected number of fatalities was 40,000 fatalities and the cost of injuries and wrongful deaths due to vehicle accidents was estimated to be far above $200 billion dollars.
According to the DOT, in 1979 there were 6,007 Fatal Crashes Involving large trucks or Buses and although that number has been significantly reduced over the years, there began to be an upwards trend in accidents. In 2015 there were a staggering 3,838 fatal crashes involving large trucks. In fact, the number of fatal truck and bus accidents has shown a steady increase since 2009. The increase in accidents is not just reserved to commercial trucking and bus accidents. According to the National Safety Council, in the first six months of 2016, approximately 1,600 people died in motor vehicle accidents in Florida. That’s a 43 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2014.
Negligence and Driver Error cause of Most Pasco County Florida Semi and Trucking Accidents
There is plenty of speculation as to what is causing the increase in accidents nationwide. As trucking accident attorneys in Pasco County, Florida, it is our job to investigate the source of negligence and seek compensation for our clients. Driver errors are responsible for 94 percent of all motor vehicle deaths and that applies to trucking accidents as well. If you drive the highways and road in Pasco or Hernando County, FL, you likely witnessed many close calls and actual accidents, such as the semi-truck and bus accident in Pasco back in January of this year. Distractions, lack of sleep, being in a hurry or improper resting during long hauls and driving while impaired are the main culprits of semi truck and other commercial trucking accidents. A smaller percentage of commercial trucking accidents are due to improper maintenance or mechanical failures.
Trucking Accident Attorney Pasco / Hernando County, FL
If you have been involved in a commercial trucking accident, you need a Pasco County, Florida trucking accident attorney who will protect your rights. We understand that injuries or losses suffered by those involved in a commercial trucking accident can be much more severe and costly. If a fatality results from a commercial trucking accident, pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit may be applicable. Hiring an experienced Pasco County wrongful death trial attorney is beneficial to ensure that your rights are protected and compensation isn’t minimized by the insurance companies. If you have been involved in an accident involving an 18 wheeler, bus, delivery vehicle or other commercial vehicle, trucking accident attorneys Doyle, McCabe and Uccello will make sure that the responsible party or parties compensate you for your irreparable loss according to FL Law.
Free Consultation Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney Hudson, FL
For a free initial case review, please contact our office. It is recommended that you speak with a personal injury attorney only after you have sought medical care and before you speak with the trucking company’s insurance adjuster or other representative. This eliminates the possibility of any misunderstandings or miscalculations that may affect your case.