Trucking Accident Statistics in Louisiana
Large trucks are often 20-30 times the size and weight of other vehicles on the road, making truck accidents more dangerous than other types of vehicular accidents.
The most common reason for large truck crashes is that loaded trucks take 20-40% farther than cars to stop and can’t always respond well to sudden traffic situations. The percentage can be even greater if the roads are slippery, or if the truck has poorly maintained brakes.
What is the Leading Cause of Truck Accidents?
There are many causes for truck accidents, especially since they’re much larger than other vehicles on the road. However, these are the main causes:
- Substance abuse
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
- Faulty equipment
New research indicates that trucks make up only 8% of The United States highway traffic, but they are involved in 11% of fatal road accidents. In fact, a total of 3,602 people died in truck crashes in 2013.
Passenger vehicle occupants account for the highest amount of those deaths at 67%, while truck occupants only accounted for 16% of deaths. Any accident involving a truck is much more likely to result in the death or injury of someone, compared to an accident between two cars.
On top of that, about 73% of all truck crash injuries are suffered by the cars hit by the trucks. To help prevent highway deaths, The Share the Road program was created.
The program sends a team of professional truck drivers to different cities around the country to teach car drivers about safe merging, stopping distances around large trucks and truck blind spots. In addition, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association invested in advanced safety technology and improved driver training courses.
Although accidents have declined since programs like the ones above have been implemented, it is still an issue that affects the lives of many across the country. The most you are able to do is to remain educated on driving practices and do your best to keep an eye on the other drivers on the road.
Below are a few statistics gathered from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
- In Louisiana, trucks that were pulling one trailer accounted for the highest amount of fatal car accidents, which was 64%
- 32% of fatal big rig crashes involved single-unit trucks
- Between the years of 1990 to 2011 there were approximately 52,278 fatal crashes involving large trucks.
- Rural arterial highways had the highest frequencies of crashes for all categories of trucks.
- • The front of the truck is the initial impact area in nearly 62% of all fatal truck accidents
Types of Baton Rouge Car/Truck Accident Cases
If you have been hit from behind in a car accident, you are not alone. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident.
They are also the most common cause of whiplash, a painful and potentially disabling neck and back injury. They’re caused more often by speeding, which is the most common cause of truck accidents all across the country.
A head-on collision is the type of car accident most likely to result in death. Head-on collisions account for about 2% of car accidents, but cause about 10% of all motor vehicle fatalities.
A rollover accident, in which a car tips over onto its side or roof, is a dangerous car crash. Rollover accidents have a higher fatality rate than other car accidents. If you or a loved one has survived a rollover, your injuries are likely to be serious, but you may be lucky to be alive.
The driver who caused your car accident may have had something entirely different from driving on their mind at the time of the wreck.
We’ve all seen examples of distracted driving: cell phone use behind the wheel, texting while driving, turning to deal with kids, applying makeup or shaving, fiddling with the radio, etc.
Distracted driving is multitasking at its potentially deadly worst. When a car accident has been caused by a distracted driver, those who have been injured or lost a loved one deserve swift and sure compensation for their losses.
Truck drivers may or may not be distracted, but they are a major factor in more than half of all truck accidents, at 55%. If you’ve been in a truck accident, then it’s likely that you’re in a position to seek some compensation for negligence.
It should come as no surprise that intersections are the scenes of many car accidents. Multiple streams of traffic cross and turn in front of each other. When drivers don’t pay attention at intersections, crashes are often the result.
As you may expect, the increased speeds allowed on Louisiana interstates and highways result in more destructive crashes when car accidents occur.
When high-speed highway accidents happen in heavy traffic, multiple vehicles may become involved, resulting in pileups that damage many cars and injure or kill multiple people.
Especially with truck accidents on the highways, victims find themselves living with a reduced quality of life and injuries they can’t recover from.
People most often suffer from neck and back injuries, but internal injuries and lacerations can happen too, especially in more serious truck accidents.
Truck accidents can even cause spinal cord injuries due to the size of the vehicles involved and even wrongful deaths. In actuality, truck accidents are 10 times more likely to kill you than crashes with other cars.
Following a traumatic situation like that, contact us to give you all the help you need to get through this difficult time without suffering through insurance claims and legal jargon.
Contact a Babcock Partners Accident Attorney Today
We are confident that we can make a difference for you. In fact, having an experienced accident lawyer on your side may be the number one factor in your obtaining any recovery at all. That said, if you don’t obtain a financial recovery, you will pay no attorney’s fee or costs.
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