In 1975, researchers and scientists began collecting commercial truck accident statistics to help the general public become more knowledgeable about truck accidents and their consequences. Since then, studies have proven that passenger vehicle occupants are at least three times more likely to be killed in a commercial truck accident than the driver of the truck.
Examining 2016 Fatality Statistics
Commercial trucking accidents took more lives in 2016 than in any other year in the past decade. In fact, the total number of commercial trucking fatalities increased 27% from 2006-2016. The total number of truck driver fatalities in 2016 jumped by 211 deaths since the 2006 tally.
Unfortunately, the increase in passenger vehicle fatalities increased by twice that amount in the same span of time. To be precise, in 2016, the number of passenger vehicle occupants killed in commercial trucking accidents was 2,642, whereas the number of commercial truck drivers killed in accidents was 660. This means in 2016, passenger vehicle occupants were four times more likely to be killed in commercial truck accidents when compared to commercial truck drivers.
Why These Numbers Matter
The reality of accidents involving commercial trucks and passenger vehicles is that the passenger vehicle occupants’ chances of injury and fatality are much greater than the truck driver’s. No matter who caused the accident, no matter where the accident occurs, passenger vehicle occupants are statistically more at risk of harm than truck drivers. This means more hospitable bills, more insurance payments, and more frustration for passenger vehicle occupants—regardless of who caused the accident.
Getting Help with Your Truck Accident Claim
If you or a loved one are injured in a truck accident, you have the right to pursue legal action in a court of law. There is no reason why passenger vehicle occupants who were injured in an accident shouldn’t file a claim with professional truck accident attorneys. Arnold & Itkin can help a family financially recover after a truck accident and beyond.
If you need legal help after a truck injury, call (888) 493-1629 for a free case consultation.