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Large Truck Accidents vs. Passenger Car Accidents

There’s nothing scarier than seeing an 80,000 pound truck heading straight for you or changing into your lane.  The sheer size of the vehicle makes avoidance nearly impossible; all you can do is brace yourself and hope for the best.  Unfortunately, many large truck accidents result in fatalities or severe, disabling injuries of all occupants in the passenger vehicle.

York Law Firm understands that there is nothing more tragic than losing a loved one in a large truck collision, or having to watch your loved one cope with a debilitating or life-altering injury.  We make it our mission to ensure that all our clients who were injured in truck vs. car collisions are fully compensated for all their past and future medical expenses, physical injuries and pain and suffering.  Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling large truck accidents and have obtained our clients millions in verdicts and settlements.

Truck Accident Statistics

National Statistics. Every year, truck crashes kill roughly 5,000 people and injure almost 150,000 more on our nation’s roads and highways.  According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), large trucks accounted for 9 percent of fatal vehicle crashes; however, they only accounted for 4 percent of injury or property-damage-only crashes.  Not surprisingly, large trucks are more likely to result in fatal multi-vehicle crashes than are passenger vehicles.  The weight and size of large trucks makes it more likely that a collision between a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle will result in fatalities.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides more current information – in 2008, there were a total of 3,733 large truck accident fatalities.

California Statistics. The National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) found that in the year 2003, California had a total of 5,725 total fatal vehicle crashes.  Of them, 332 were from fatal truck accidents. While California is over one hundred fatalities shy of leading the U.S. in fatal truck accidents (Texas led with 438), we are among the top five states with the most fatal truck accidents.

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