A recent dump truck rollover on the 215 Beltway east of Jones Boulevard fortunately caused no injuries, although traffic was delayed for hours. However, while inconvenient, this accident was unusual in that no one, including the driver of the truck, was hurt. This is not the norm in large truck accidents; in fact, highway accidents can become very serious when large trucks are involved. Your chances of being seriously injured or killed are much higher in an accident involving a large truck than in any other type of accident with another vehicle.
Ironically, large truck accident victims are overwhelmingly made up of people not driving or riding in large trucks. When a large truck crashes, it is far more likely that the truck will kill someone in a passenger car than that the truck driver will be injured or killed.
According to data published by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3, 921 people killed in large truck accidents in 2012 and another 104,000 injured. A “large truck” is defined as any vehicle with an empty gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds, so this includes dump trucks, tractor-trailers, delivery trucks and other large vehicles. A total of 330,000 large trucks were involved in crashes in 2012, so there was a greater than 10 percent fatality rate for any given large truck accident. The fatality rate for 2012 represented a four percent increase over 2011’s figures, and 83 percent of the victims were non-occupants of the large trucks. This number includes occupants of other vehicles as well as pedestrians.
Truck drivers and passengers were more likely to be injured than killed, although 76 percent of those injured were still occupants of other vehicles or pedestrians.
In order to understand the full impact of these statistics, however, it is important to remember that large trucks account for only four percent of all registered vehicles. As they represent eight percent of the vehicles involved in fatal crashes, it is easy to see that large truck accidents are far more dangerous than other types of accidents.
If you have been the victim of a large truck accident, contact Sam Harding in Las Vegas today. A personal injury attorney with years of experience in holding trucking companies accountable, Sam Harding will work hard to defend your rights as a truck accident victim.