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18 Wheeler Truck Accident Statistics

Trucking accidents in involving tractor trailers weighing over 10,000 pounds often result in serious damage. Around half a million trucking accidents occur every year in the United States and out of these 5,212 18 wheeler accidents resulted in fatalities (2005). In fact, one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves an accident with a truck even though trucks are only 3% of the vehicles on the roads in the U.S.

Large 18-wheeler trucks are far more dangerous on the road than smaller vehicles and trucks.

18-wheeler trucks, also known as tractor-trailers or big rig trucks can be a serious danger to pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers and passengers of cars if the negligence of the truck driver or trucking company causes an accident.

Semi trucks need more time to come to a stop have larger blind spots on all sides and carry heavier and larger amounts of cargo. They are also more likely to turn over due to their higher center of gravity. Common causes of 18 wheeler accidents in Tampa are tire blowouts, unsafe loads, and driver error.

Because of the additional risks posed by 18 wheeler trucks, the driver of automobiles involved in collisions with them are likely to suffer especially severe injuries including brain and spinal cord injuries or even death.

Accidents involving 18 wheelers usually result in life changing injuries to the driver and passengers of the cars involved.  Many trucking companies assume that accidents are a part of doing business and train their drivers on how they should conduct themselves after an accident in order to reduce liability. Often there are several different insurance companies covering the truck driver, the trucking company and the business supplying the truck’s cargo. It is difficult for any individual inexperienced in traffic and accident law to know the proper way of dealing with the complex mix of insurance companies involved when an accident happens.

Because of their devastating consequences and complexity, it is essential to have a local attorney, such as Tampa truck accident lawyer Timothy G. Anderson who has experience in investigating 18 wheeler accidents and holding negligent trucking companies accountable for the injuries and fatalities caused by their drivers and trucks.

Timothy G. Anderson, P.A., 213 S. Brevard Ave., Tampa, Florida 33606

Semi trucks need more time to come to a stop have larger blind spots on all sides and carry heavier and larger amounts of cargo. They are also more likely to turn over due to their higher center of gravity. Common causes of 18 wheeler accidents in Tampa are tire blowouts, unsafe loads, and driver error.

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