How Common Are Semi-Truck Accidents and Injuries?
Semi-trucks are large trucks that are a combination of a front cab that contains the engine and an attached trailer or trailers. These large commercial trucks carry loads across the interstate highways, with drivers traveling long distances for many hours to deliver their loads. Because of their large size, these trucks often cause serious injuries to those in vehicles that collide with them, and also often cause fatalities. Many of these injuries are life-changing and may require a lifetime of medical care and treatment. An experienced Kansas City, Missouri semi-truck accident attorney can find the causes of this type of accident and can determine where there may be sources of compensation for the injured party.
Semi-Truck Accident Statistics
About thirteen percent of all the traffic fatalities that occurred on U.S. highways in 2017 involved a bus or a large truck. Semi-truck accidents are often caused by distracted driving or by driver fatigue when a driver must meet demanding or unrealistic deadlines to deliver a load. Most accidents involving semi-trucks occur in rural areas or on rural interstate highways because these roads often only have two lanes or may have curves that make it difficult for an oncoming car to see another vehicle approaching. Road conditions are also worse on these roads, with potholes or uneven areas that can affect a large truck. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, there were 40,429 semi-truck accidents in the year 2018, with 18,349 associated injuries and 1002 fatalities.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Kansas City, Missouri Semi-Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi-truck accident, call to schedule a free consultation with a Kansas City, Missouri semi-truck accident attorney today. The experienced legal professionals at the PK Law Group will investigate your case find all possible causes of the accident that lead to compensation for you. Visit our web page atpklawgroup.com or give us a call at (816) 929-8777 and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff. We serve Kansas City, Missouri, and surrounding areas and we will give you the legal guidance you need.