Truck/18-Wheeler accidents cause thousands of deaths in the United States each year. Many other accidents are not fatal, but cause severe physical and mental trauma to the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Common injuries from 18-Wheelers Vehicles
Aside from fatalities, injuries resulting from 18 wheeled accidents include:
- Traumatic brain damage
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck injuries
- Disfigurement or loss of a limb
- Fractured bones
- Organ damage
- Visual disturbance
Physical injury is not the only possible consequence of an 18 wheeled accident Victims can take in days, weeks, months, and even more Have any mental health problems (post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, etc.) years after the incident. You may be afraid of driving on the road due to trauma.
Accident and death statistics Involving 18 wheelers
Motorists are Vulnerable to 18 wheel accidents because of the different sizes and weights of vehicles. Semi-trucks and attached trailers often weigh 15 to 20 times more than passenger Vehicles.
A collision between the two generally results in a huge impact, most of which is felt by the occupants of the smaller vehicle. This massive contrast is why 18 wheel accidents are dangerous and often cost the lives of American drivers and passengers.
The Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes an annual report on “major truck accidents” in the US. A large truck is any truck other than buses and RVs that have a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds. This definition includes: In 2017 4,761 people died in accidents involving large trucks, more than 80% of the victims were occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists.
In 2018 the number rose to 4,951 deaths, around 82% of the victims were occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists.