Texas regularly sees a substantial number of serious commercial truck accidents each year, and the fact that Texas is not only a huge state but also has many interstate highways passing through our borders contributes to these heightened statistics. Semi accidents are harrowing, and the statistics are sobering.
Texas Department of Transportation Statistics
According to the Texas DOT, 2016 saw approximately 34,000 accidents involving at least one commercial truck. In these accidents, 6,100 people were injured, including 1,100 incapacitating injuries and nearly 600 fatalities.
National statistics show that over the last decade we’ve seen a 19 percent decrease in big-rig crash fatalities but a 10 percent increase in the total number of injuries. Of the commercial truck accidents that caused fatalities, 86 percent of the trucks involved were heavy large truck classified, which means the trucks weighed over 26,000 pounds. The most startling statistic of all is that 74 percent of those killed in big-rig collisions were occupants of other vehicles.
Sharing the Road
Truck accident statistics are eye opening. When you get behind the wheel of your car, you are sharing the road with those hurtling behemoths known as tractor trailers. Keep these statistics in mind, and drive defensively. Do what you can to stay away from big rigs on the road, stay out of trucks’ blind spots, obey the rules of the road, and arrive alive.
Contact an Experienced Houston Semi-Truck Collision Lawyer Today
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a commercial truck wreck that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you know how traumatic that is. Contact a knowledgeable Houston personal injury lawyer with experience in big-rig collisions.
At Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at law, we understand the complicated legal recovery process for commercial truck collisions because we’ve been in the business for over 20 years. We will thoroughly investigate your case, work with the insurance company to obtain your rightful compensation, and when necessary, file a lawsuit on your behalf. If you or your loved one has been involved in a semi accident, don’t hesitate to give our team a call at 800-898-4877. Your consultation is free, and you don’t pay anything until we obtain your best possible outcome. CLICK HERE to see Stewart interviewed as an authority on trucking accident cases by Mike Papantonio on his national news program, “America’s Lawyer.”