Operating any automobile is a big responsibility, but because of their massive sizes and heavy weights, the drivers of semi-trucks, and the companies that employ them, assume a tremendous amount of responsibility when on the road. According to truck accident statistics recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in our country, with roughly 10% of these crashes resulting in one or more fatality. To give you an even better idea of how common these accidents are, the DOT’s data attributes 1/8th of all traffic fatalities to trucking collisions. (Legal Info; United States Department of Transportation)
As of December 2010, the latest period for which data was available, there were more than 15.5 million interstate motor carriers present in the United States including for hire, owner operators, and business fleets (private carriers). Commodity Flow Surveys reported that these trucks hauled some 11 billion tons of freight during the previous year, translating to $610 billion in revenues. These profit margins are estimated to nearly double in the coming years, and as a result, it is safe to say that we will be seeing a far greater number of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers on the roads in the future. That’s a lot of information being thrown at you all at once, but the most important point to take away from this data is that trucking accidents are far more common than you may think, and it is important to know what to do if you ever find yourself the victim.
In the past two decades, our Chicago lawyers have represented clients who have suffered serious personal injuries, property damage, and various other losses due to a trucking accident. Such accidents commonly involve:
• Distracted truck drivers • Intoxicated truck drivers • Sleep-deprived truck drivers
• Overloaded or unsafe trucks
• Rear-rend collisions • Rollovers
• Tire blowouts • Disabling vehicle failures • Recklessness on the part of the driver • Lane drifting
90% of all commercial truck accidents are caused or worsened by some sort of human error, and there are many other cases where blame rests on the negligence of an owner. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident because of someone else’s negligence, you need a law firm that has experience handling such cases. Our accident law firm has the resources to litigate very complex personal injury cases, and we will fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Please remember that in some cases there are time limitations for filing accident lawsuits in the state of Illinois, so you should take action as soon as possible to protect yourself. Call us now for a free consultation to discuss your potential claim.