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Know the Facts After an Accident

It is the job of insurance companies and the adjusters they hire to settle your accident and injury claim for the least amount of money. It is our job at Caddell Reynolds to settle your insurance claim for the most money. It’s that simple. We are your advocate and will go the distance to represent your best interests at all times. You deserve maximum compensation for your claim and should not have to face the insurance company alone. The harsh reality is that many insurance agents are paid bonuses to keep claims low and do not always have your best interest in mind.

Tractor trailer accidents occur daily in the United States. With so many trucks on the roads, working to transport goods throughout the country, drivers are pushed to maintain strict schedules and timelines. Often this alone can cause undue stress on truck drivers, which can lead to accidents.

What Can Cause a Truck Accident?

The trucking accident lawyers at Caddell Reynolds understand that the driver may share liability with other parties, including the following:

  • Trucking companies – Drivers must follow the rules and regulations set forth by their employers. Companies may require them to drive too long without rest, put inexperienced drivers on long hauls before they are ready to handle them or even put trucks on the road with an imbalanced load or without proper maintenance.
  • Maintenance personnel – Improper inspections or rushed maintenance can cause serious problems, particularly when brakes or tires are involved. Whether the maintenance personnel works for the company or maintenance is performed by an outside shop, a truck accident attorney needs to know the facts to ensure everyone responsible for an accident is named in a suit.
  • Local, state and federal government – The true cause of a big vehicle accident may be an encounter with a sinkhole or other major road flaw that is the responsibility of local, state or even federal government. The attorneys at Caddell Reynolds have the skills and experience to pursue even these difficult cases.
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The Statistics Behind the Most Common Commercial Vehicle Accidents

The statistics behind commercial vehicle accidents are alarming; if you have been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation and material moving resulted in more fatalities than any other occupation in 2015, reaching 1,301 fatalities. Included in this number are the 745 deaths of truck drivers who were killed on the job. Semi-truck accidents are a regular occurrence throughout the country. Understanding these statistics may be helpful if you require a semi-truck accident attorney.

Understanding the Scope of Semi-Truck Activity

Before we dive into the statistics behind the most common commercial vehicle accidents, it is worth examining the scope of semi-truck activity in the United States.

  • 1 million semi-trucks are on the road, including for-hire, owner operators, and private carriers.
  • More than $8.3 trillion worth of goods are hauled every year across the United States.
  • More than 11 billion tons of freight are moved each year.

It is estimated that there are 500,000 accidents involving a semi-truck per year. This results in an average of 1.1 fatal crashes per every 100 million transportation miles.

A report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that in 2010:

  • 3,413 people died in accidents that involved a semi-truck.
  • Of these people, 14% were the occupants of the semi-truck.
  • 72% were occupants of other vehicles.
  • 13% were motorcycles drivers or pedestrians.

This same report discovered that large trucks account for 4% of registered vehicles, but account for 9% of all motor vehicle fatalities. Each of these statistics indicate that there is great room for improvement within the trucking and transportation industry.

Diving Into Semi-Truck Accident Statistics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has coded the different elements involved with semi-truck accidents. These are separated into two categories: critical reason and critical events.

A critical event is when something puts the semi-truck in a direct collision course. The critical event is assigned to the vehicle that made the collision inevitable. There are three major types of critical events assigned to semi-trucks:

  1. Running out of the lane. This applies to any situation in which the truck exits the lane. It is estimated that 32% of semi-truck accidents are assigned this critical event code.
  2. Lost control of vehicle due to traveling too fast. This code is applied in critical events where there is an accident due to traveling too quickly based on the road conditions and amount of cargo being towed. It is estimated that this accounts for 29% of semi-truck accidents.
  3. Rear end collision with another vehicle in the same lane. Any rear end collision with a vehicle in the same lane is given this code. Approximately 22% of semi-truck accidents are given this code.

A critical reason is the immediate cause of the critical event. The critical reason is assigned to the vehicle that caused the critical event. There are several types of critical reasons, most commonly: driver error (87% of crashes), vehicle failure (10% of crashes), or environmental condition (3% of crashes).

More than 100,000 people are injured every year in semi-truck crashes. If you have been in a semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The amount of compensation will depend on a variety of factors, including who was at fault and the cause for the accident. Make sure that you read our tips for receiving a better settlement offer.

Contact us Today for Help, You’ll be Glad You Did.

Caddell Reynolds has been serving Arkansas & Oklahoma clients for many years. Our experienced Fayetteville truck accident attorneys are dedicated to finding solutions to problems for our clients. Contact us at one of our offices near you for a free consultation.

Fayetteville Office:

3000 North Market Avenue,
Suite A
Fayetteville, AR 72703
(800) 889-6944

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your case at our Fayetteville office, which is located at 3000 North Market Avenue, Suite A, Fayetteville AR, 72703. We can also meet at a location that is more convenient for you.

Have you been involved in an accident with a semi-truck? Contact Caddell Reynolds if you need a semi-truck accident attorney in Arkansas or Oklahoma, or call us at (800) 889-6944. Our qualified attorneys in Arkansas or Oklahoma can help you receive the settlement amount that is just and fair.


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