Semi-truck accidents, also known as big rigs or 18-wheelers, are amongst the most tragic types of accidents due to the size and weight of the truck. Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, permanent disability, and sometimes more than one fatality.
These large trucks typically weigh over 10,000 pounds. While their engines are much more powerful than a standard motor vehicle, they must also pull much more weight and take twice as much time and distance as a standard motor vehicle to stop. A motor vehicle traveling around 55 MPH may take about 130 to 140 feet to stop; larger trucks moving at the same speed may take up to 400 feet to stop. Due to the difference in stop times and excessive weight, accidents with large trucks can occur more frequently and cause more damage.
NHTSA and CNTBS Truck Accident Statistics
Here are some statistics compiled by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Board and the Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics for the year of 2012:
- There were 44 fatal crashes in Washington State involving large trucks accidents
- There were a total of 33 fatalities in Washington State involving semi-truck accidents, with 6 occurring in King County.
- There were a total of 3,912 fatal crashes and 104,000 injuries nationwide involving large trucks or buses
- 81% of fatal crashes involving large trucks were mulitple vehicle crashes
- Over 50% of all fatal truck crashes occur on non-divided two-way highways
- 10% of all fatal truck crashes ended in more than one fatality
*Source: NHTSA- FARS
*Source: NHTSA- FARS
Contributing Factors for Semi Truck Accidents
There are several factors that could lead to a semi truck accident, but the most common are listed below:
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Poor road conditions
- Equipment failure
- Driver distraction, exhaustion, or inexperience
- Unstable loads
- Weather conditions caused by rain, snow, sleet, or winds.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi truck accident, it is imperative that you know your rights. Because semi trucks are generally owned by large corporations, they have attorneys and insurance adjustors vigorously defending the claim. It is important that you also have an expert on your side who is well-versed in personal injury law and is capable of getting the answers that you need.
For assistance with your semi truck accident case, call attorney Chris Davis at 206-727-4000 or contact us online for a free legal consultation. Mr. Davis has a great deal of experiencing with truck accident cases, and will evaluate your claim immediately.