Our Springfield Injury Lawyer Reviews Truck Accident Statistics
Commercial truck accidents differ from passenger auto accidents in many ways—due to the weight and size of the tractor trailer, truck accidents have a greater potential to cause serious personal injury and wrongful death. Additionally, if you have been involved in a trucking accident, you will face large corporations and powerful insurance companies determined to blame you for the accident to avoid financial responsibility. Springfield injury attorney David W. Ransin has over 30 years of experience litigating in large-scale truck accidents, and he can successfully bring a case against the responsible parties to ensure you get the compensation to which you are entitled.
Missouri and Nationwide Truck Accident Statistics
Truck accidents plague our Missouri highways and roadways, particularly Highway 44 running through Springfield. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation:
- 9.2 percent of all traffic accidents involved commercial trucks;
- Of all fatal traffic accidents, 15.2 involved a commercial truck;
- 120 people were killed by truck accidents last year, and 3,479 were injured;
- One person is injured or killed in a Missouri truck accident every 2.4 hours.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites 2,987 fatal trucking accidents across the United States in the past year, 51,000 truck accidents that caused personal injury and 232,000 trucking accidents that resulted in property damage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle accidents are responsible for 46 percent of spinal cord injury cases and 17.3 percent of traumatic brain injury cases in the United States.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- Common causes of trucking accidents caused by driver and carrier negligence include:
- Overweight or overloaded trucks;
- Faulty truck components, failure to exercise proper maintenance;
- Inadequate training for drivers;
- Speeding or other unlawful driving practices, particularly when combined with poor road conditions;
- Overworked or overtired drivers who are prone to mistakes on the road.
When You Need Results, Contact Ransin Injury Law
If you have been involved in an accident with a semi truck or commercial truck, know that the insurance companies and representatives from the trucking carriers are actively working against you. When you need someone to stand up for your rights, Springfield truck accident lawyer David W. Ransin uses his vast experience handling complex trucking litigation to begin an investigation immediately. Contact our Springfield truck accident attorney when you need results to schedule a free, no obligation attorney consultation.