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Who Is Most Likely to Die During a Truck Accident?

In 1975, researchers and scientists began collecting commercial truck accident statistics to increase public awareness 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 2018 Fatality Statistics

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 4,163 people were killed during accidents involving large trucks throughout 2018. The IIHS breaks these fatalities down by who they are.

According to the IIHS, the following people died in 2018's truck accidents:

  • 67% - occupants of other cars
  • 18% - truck drivers
  • 15% - pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists

Why These Numbers Matter

One of the most concerning aspects of truck accident fatalities is the fact that the people who die from them are usually the ones not in the truck. The reason for this is the fact that trucks are often 20-30 times heavier than other vehicles on the road. A truck's height and ground clearance mean they have the "advantage" whenever they're involved with a collision with other smaller vehicles.

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 our truck accident attorneys. We fight to help accident survivors recover and have obtained billions of dollars for them in the process.

Our truck accident lawyers are ready to help you when you dial (888) 493-1629. An initial consultation is free and you'll only pay us if we win results!


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