Experts estimate that an average of 5,000 Americans die in tractor-trailer related accidents annually. Last year, Massachusetts had a total of 22 fatal tractor-trailer accidents. According to data gathered by Road Safe America, the number of large trucks involved in crashes in Massachusetts has nearly doubled between 2004 and 2007.
In 2004, there were a total of 954 fatal and non-fatal Massachusetts truck accidents combined. That number increased to 1,689 in 2007. There were 912 non-fatal truck accidents in Massachusetts in 2004 compared with 2,228 in 2008. Not surprisingly, the number of injuries associated with truck accidents has also increased.
The cause of these truck accidents can include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, failing to use protective measures like seatbelts and helmets, and poor vehicle impact protection. Road Safe America also states that likelihood of a truck accident resulting in death or serious injury increases with each extra ton of weight over 80,000 pounds.
Trucking Accident Statistics in Massachusetts, InjuryBoard.com, May 28, 2009
If you have lost a loved one to a car, bus, truck or other accident, then contact our Massachusetts motor vehicle accident lawyers for information on your legal options.