Fatal Truck Accidents that Involve Trucks with History of Crashes
When a sedan or smaller passenger vehicle collides with a large truck the risk for death is very high for the occupants of the passenger vehicle. In 2017 there were close to 5,000 lives lost in accidents where a large truck was involved. The number of large truck accidents with fatal consequences is on the rise throughout the nation. In 2017, the number of fatal truck accidents increased by 9% from the previous year. From 2008 to 2017, there was a 12% increase in fatal truck-related accidents in the country.
When a large truck has an accident on the road, the majority of victims are occupants of smaller vehicles. In 2017 deaths in car occupants of smaller vehicles made up 72% of all truck-related deaths. While only 18% of the deaths were occupants of large trucks and 10% of deaths were not in cars. The dangers to smaller cars on the road when they drive near large trucks are very real and present.
The Prevalence of Multi-Crash Truck Drivers
There are many reasons why a truck can have an accident including:
- Improper truck maintenance
- Improper loading of cargo
- Trucker fatigue
- Trucker inebriation
- Poor weather conditions
- Poor trucker training
It only takes but one misstep for a truck to lose control and cause massive damage to others on the road around them. In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated that the drivers of large trucks who were involved in fatal crashes were more likely to have been in multiple previous crashes when compared to other drivers on the road. That year 20.7% of large truck drivers had been in other crashes. Approximately 20.3% of motorcyclists were in other crashes while just over 19% of passenger cars were in previous crashes.
The damages that a victim of an Arizona 18-wheeler accident can sustain are so devastating that the need to secure as much compensation as possible in an Arizona personal injury claim is an absolute necessity. The medical costs and ongoing medical therapies and surgeries along with potentially losing the ability to work, mean that a victim will be subject to extremely expensive bills while not making an income. The Arizona large truck accident attorneys at ELG have worked with many victims of large truck accidents to obtain high settlements that account for all of their losses. When you work with ELG, you know you will have the highest quality customer service and legal guidance in the greater Phoenix area. You will also know that the settlement you accept will be a fair one.
Speak with an Arizona Large Truck Accident Attorney Today
Getting to work on your Phoenix personal injury claim as soon as possible will help you see the money you need for your damages sooner than later. When you are suffering serious injuries, that money is vital to your recovery and for managing daily life. Don’t hesitate to call the Arizona personal injury attorneys at ELG after your Arizona big rig accident to schedule a free consultation. Consultations take very little time, please call ELG today at (623) 877-3600.