Sharing the road with any type of motor vehicle comes with inherent risk. However, because trucks and tractor-trailers are larger and heavier, they carry a greater risk of harm should they be involved in a collision.

The average passenger vehicle weighs about 2.5 tons, whereas the average commercial truck weighs about 40 tons. It is because of the size difference that most fatalities in accidents between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer are the occupants of passenger vehicles. In fact, in 2017, 72 percent of people killed in large-truck crashes were occupants of other vehicles.

Currently 15.5 million trucks operate in the U.S. Approximately 2 million are tractor-trailers. In 2018, 74 percent of deaths in large truck crashes involved tractor-trailers.

Common causes of tractor-trailer accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Neglected maintenance
  • Manufacturing errors
  • Weather conditions
  • Speed
  • Driver inexperience
  • Road unfamiliarity

If you are injured in a tractor-trailer accident, you should document any evidence that you can. Helpful evidence may include:

  • The police report
  • Driver information (name, insurance, telephone, etc.)
  • Witness information
  • Photographs of the accident scene, injuries, and any additional damage

After you have been involved in an accident, contact a qualified tractor-trailer accident lawyer who cares. Call the attorneys at Daggett Shuler today at 1-800-815-5500 for a FREE case evaluation. We work on a contingency basis; we only get paid if you do.

At Daggett Shuler, you can depend on us.