Statistics regarding traffic accidents where a big rig is involved portray a harsh image of victims of collisions. The U.S. Department of Transportation informs that more than a half-million truck accidents occur each year.
These accidents cause around 5K deaths annually, which represent 12% of all traffic-related deaths. Florida's roads saw more than 4.4K fatal traffic accidents annually in recent years, with an average of nearly 350 involving trucks.
These studies also revealed an aspect that is even more startling: 98% of truck accident victims are drivers and occupants of cars.
In other words, most of the time trucking crashes injure other travelers-not the truck driver.
Drivers are directly liable for the crashes they cause. However, when truck crashes occur, depending on the details of the case, there may be more than just the drivers who are held accountable for being at fault.
Liability might also apply to:
- The company the driver works for
- The company that loaded the truck
- The company the load is being delivered to
In some cases, truck drivers travel in teams. One person drives the truck while the other person rests and then they switch. When a truck crash involves a co-driver, this person may also be able to sue the driver and the trucking company, if he or she was injured in the accident.