Being involved in an auto accident is scary enough, but it can be so much worse when large vehicles, particularly tractor trailers, are involved. Due to their sheer size alone, they often cause exponentially more damage in an accident than a smaller vehicle would. Unfortunately, on major highways, there are always going to be tractor trailers. And accordingly, there will always be accidents involving them. Take for example a recent multi-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer on a busy El Paso area highway. In this accident, a pick-up truck crashed into a tractor trailer that was stopped in a lane of traffic, which then caused a chain reaction of collisions involving other vehicles. Tragically, the teenaged passenger in the pick-up truck died in this accident.
The Cold, Hard Facts Of Crash Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Crash Data Key Findings, in 2014 there were nearly 33,000 people killed in motor vehicle accidents on US roadways, and an additional 2.3 million people were injured. Further, aside from a one year blip in the statistics, crashes involving at least one large truck have increased each year in the State of Texas.
Why Are Accidents Involving Large Trucks More Deadly?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute states that about one in ten highway deaths occurs in a crash involving a large truck. Most of the deaths in these types of crashes are the passenger vehicle occupants, which is mainly because they are the more vulnerable parties in a crash. Some of the reasons why trucks and their occupants fare better include:
- Greater size and weight of a larger vehicle
- Greater ground clearance of a larger vehicle
- Greater truck braking capacity – it takes a larger, heavy vehicle much longer to stop, which is made far worse in poor weather or when poor brakes are a factor
- Driver fatigue is often a factor in crashes involving large trucks
Being Alert And Aware Is The Best Prevention
All these statistics about accidents involving large trucks and tractor trailers could make one hesitant to ever even get on the road. As that is not likely a feasible option for many people, keeping these facts and statistics in mind when we are on the road can help keep us safer. Allow extra space around larger trucks and pay attention to whether they seem to be traveling safely. Putting that distance between them and you can help to keep you out of harm’s way.
If You Have Been Involved In An Accident, Take Action
Even with as much extra care as you may take to stay safe on the road, particularly around tractor trailers, accidents do happen. If you have been injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer, you will want to speak with an attorney who has experience in handling such cases. Our legal professionals know what factors to look for in these types of cases and can help you get the best results possible. Contact Pastrana & Lee law firm today to learn how we may help you successfully navigate the legal system and get what you deserve.