semi truck accident

Crushed in the Intersection

A mother and her baby were taken to a local hospital after a semi-truck blew through a red light and crashed into her Ford Focus. The semi was heading eastbound on Highway 240 when the driver failed to stop at a red light. The Ford Focus was in the intersection when he hit her. The force of the impact pushed her into a Lexus SUV and then into a Volkswagen Jetta.  The woman driving the Jetta was also injured and taken to the hospital.

The accident occurred on the By Pass Highway near Duportail.  The highway was closed for a short time while crews cleaned up the debris and wreckage. Charges are pending for the driver of the semi.

Semi Statistics

Semi-trucks cover the most territory and distance in the country, with an estimated 140 billion miles every year.  A single semi driver may average 45,000 miles a year, and according to the Federal Highway Administration, some long-distance trucks travel upwards of 100,000 miles a year.  Why so many miles? Semi-trucks move the vast majority of our country’s gross national products.  They are the lifeblood to a strong economy, with 42% of all miles driven by commercial vehicles, otherwise, called semi-trucks.

So with over 3.5 million trucks on the road and due to the sheer volume and weight of these massive vehicles, any kind of crash with them is going to be terrible. Statistics show that 22% of accidents involving a semi result in some kind of injuries. And sadly, about 98 percent of all semi accidents result in at least one fatality, with victims almost always being in the passenger vehicles that are involved in the truck. Fatal semi accidents cost Americans more than $20 billion each year. $13.1 billion of that $20 billion is directly going to the costs associated with losses in the quality of life.

Braking capability can be a factor in causing truck crashes. Loaded tractor-trailers take 20-40 percent farther than cars to stop, and the discrepancy is greater on wet and slippery roads or with poorly maintained brakes. Truck driver fatigue also is a known crash risk. Drivers of large trucks are allowed by federal hours-of-service regulations to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch and up to 77 hours over a seven-day period. Surveys indicate that many drivers violate the regulations and work longer than permitted.

Number Crunching

  • The average cost of a commercial truck accident is about $59,150
  • Nearly 90 percent of semi-truck accidents have an element of human error
  • About 75 percent of semi-truck accidents are caused by something other than the truck driver
  • Driver fatigue is responsible for roughly 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents

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Here to Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of truck accident, including a semi-truck, contact Fielding Law Group today for a free consultation. Our expert legal team has the experience you need to handle even complex truck accident claims.  We will help you get the financial compensation you are entitled to, so you can get back to life. Remember—Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!