10 Most Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries

Semi trucks must follow the same rules of the road as passenger vehicles, but they are also subject to federal regulations that limit their driving hours, speed, and other conditions. This is because truck accident injuries can be much more severe or even fatal compared to normal car crashes.

In recent years, the trucking industry has struggled to meet the nation’s demand for their services, leaving many drivers working past their regulated hours. This is unsafe, irresponsible, and deadly – overworked, exhausted drivers can make mistakes and cause fatal crashes.

If you or a loved one were injured in a semi truck accident, don’t let the insurance company talk you out of making a case. Negligent drivers and their employers must be held accountable. If you wish to press charges or simply want more information, contact us. Our Little Rock truck accident lawyers will evaluate your case, obtain police reports and evidence, and fight for the compensation you and your family need.

Visit our offices in Little Rock or Fayetteville, Arkansas, or call Little Rock Trial Lawyers at (501) 404-2333.

Types of Truck Accident Injuries

Truck Accident Injury Statistics

Every year, thousands of drivers of passenger vehicles are injured or die in accidents involving semi trucks. The injuries that these passengers face are so serious because of the sheer difference in size and weight of their vehicle versus big rigs, which may weigh up to 80,000 pounds (40 tons).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compiled reports on the number of fatal collisions with semi trucks every year since 1975. Although the number of passenger deaths dipped from 2008 to 2016, a concerning trend has appeared in more recent years. At Little Rock Trial Lawyers, our attorneys stay on top of these trends and statistics. We are experts at obtaining data and evidence that points to driver negligence. Their negligence and mistakes can cause devastating injuries and death:

There is also an enormous divide in the number of fatalities between passengers and truck drivers. In 2018, passenger deaths made up 96% of the 2,212 occupant deaths involving semi trucks. Truck drivers made up a mere four percent.

As the trucking industry struggles to meet the demand for freight services, many truck drivers are taking dangerous measures to squeeze in the maximum amount of work, like driving long past the mandated 11 hours. Longer hours means less rest for truck drivers, which can lead to exhaustion-induced crashes, especially at night.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2017 35% of all fatal wrecks and 22% of all wrecks resulting in injury involving semi trucks occurred between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am.

Eighty-three percent of fatal crashes and 88% of nonfatal crashes involving semi trucks occurred on weekdays, Monday through Friday.

If you were injured or a loved one died as a result of a large truck accident in Arkansas, you should first seek medical attention, then contact Little Rock Trial Lawyers. 

What To Do If Injured In a Crash With a Semi Truck

Truck accidents are frightening and can lead to many expenses, including medical bills and vehicle damage. Little Rock Trial Lawyers will fight for you and your family to recover the compensation you need after the accident. 

We will handle your case from beginning to end, including getting the police report, conducting a thorough investigation, obtaining evidence from satellites and phone records, and hiring accident reconstruction experts.

Little Rock Trial Lawyers has helped thousands of families get back on their feet and move forward after truck accident injuries. Let us help your family, too. 

Call us at (501) 404-2333 or contact us online today.