Most people are aware that trucking accidents are a serious problem in our country, but many don’t realize just how dangerous they are to Americans on the road. Weighing up to 80,000 pounds and often carrying extremely hazardous cargo, semi-trucks are involved in thousands of fatal crashes every year, devastating families and changing the lives of countless people forever.

With billions of dollars in annual revenue, the trucking industry continues to grow at a tremendous pace, and its workforce is rising accordingly. This is concerning news for those of us driving ordinary cars and trucks, as we are at increasing risk as the number of big trucks on the road gets larger and larger.

The graphic below was designed to demonstrate the horrible consequences of truck crashes in the U.S. We also wanted to illustrate trends that could be useful for understanding exactly how and where these wrecks are more likely to occur.

The Statistics

In 2013, large trucks were involved in:

  • 3,906 fatal crashes
  • 73,000 crashes causing injuries
  • 265,000 crashes causing property damage

Leading causes of semi-truck accidents in the U.S.:

  • 26% caused by prescription drug use
  • 23% caused by traveling too fast
  • 17% caused by over-the-counter drugs
  • 13% caused by fatigue
  • 8% caused by alcohol
  • 3% caused by illegal drug use

In 2013, multiple vehicle crashes resulted in injuries to:

  • 52,000 motor vehicle drivers
  • 7,000 large truck drivers
  • 4,000 truck passengers

 

Did You Know?

  • 84% of fatal truck accidents occur on weekdays
  • 64% of fatal truck crashes occurred on rural roads
  • Just 5% of fatal truck crashes occurred on interstate highways

Read more about Atlanta trucking accident statistics in the infographic below and feel free to share it with others.

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The Truck Accident Attorneys

The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC devote at least 75% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.

The Truck Accident Attorneys

The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC devote at least 95% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.

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Millions Recovered

Our team of experienced attorneys have represented individuals who have been seriously injured. We are proud of our track record of success, which sets us apart, and the outstanding reputation we have within our industry.

red 100 percent $10+ Million
red 60 percent $5-$10 Million
red 30 percent $1-$5 Million

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