Why Truck Accidents are so Deadly
By Sandra Dalton, Staff Writer
Although truck accidents are only involved in about 9% of all traffic accidents, they are responsible for about 14% of fatalities. There are several reasons that truck accidents are more likely to cause serious injuries and death than those involving only passenger vehicles.
Blind spots are a danger with any type of vehicle that has them. With large commercial trucks, blind spots can be very large and a truck can hit and drag a car for a long distance before the truck driver even notices.
The massive weight of a big rig combined with highway speeds give the large trucks far more momentum and crushing power than your average passenger vehicle.
Many trucks carry hazardous and flammable materials that can cause fires, explosions, and toxic exposure in the event of an accident.
Compensation for Truck Accidents
- In March, 2015, a Georgia jury awarded $15 million to a truck accident victim for his injuries and $1.5 million to his wife for loss of consortium as a result of an accident caused by a logging truck that pulled out onto a rural highway into the path of the victim, blocking both lanes so there was no way around the truck.
- In December, 2014, Art Van Furniture paid $1.37 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the minor son of a couple who was killed in a crash caused by one of its trucks. Their son was only five months old when the accident took his parents’ lives in 2013. There was also a confidential settlement with the family of the mother.
- In February, 2015, a Santa Fe jury delivered a $165 million against FedEx, for the death of a mother and her four-year-old daughter who were killed when a FedEx truck slammed into the back of their pickup truck.
If you believe have been injured in a truck accident, you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by searching our directory to find a lawyer near you.