Truck collisionSan Mateo, CA- Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental deaths and injuries in the U.S., but 2013 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows fatal car accidents declined, while fatal accidents involving large commercial trucks ticked up slightly.

The NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System showed that in 2013, fatal car collision declined by 3.1 percent, reaching near historic lows. That represents a nearly 25 percent decline in fatal car collisions since 2014. Distracted driving accidents declined by 6.7 percent so it appears as though public safety campaigns are working.

That’s good news, but there was one type of accident that increased slightly in 2013. According to Trucking Info, fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks increased by .05 percent. In 2013, 3,964 people were killed in truck accidents; occupants of commercial trucks accounted for 691 deaths. The majority of those killed, 2,834, were passenger vehicle motorists.

The data shows us that truck accidents occur with far less frequency than passenger vehicles and the NHTSA noted in their report that since these accidents are less common, a slight change in the number of fatal truck accidents can lead to a greater increase in percentages.

While truck accidents are less common than car collision, accidents involving these large trucks tend to be more destructive. The average cost of a commercial truck accident is approximately $59,150. That price tag will increase significantly when you take into account, the injuries or deaths that result from a truck accident. Overall, an average of $13.1 billion dollars can be attributed to the loss of quality of life experienced by truck accident victims.

Truck accidents have a variety of causes, and in many cases passenger vehicle motorists can be blamed, but not always. Some truck drivers engage in risky behaviors such as fatigued or distracted driving, that can lead to a devastating truck accident. Or, truck companies can put trucks on the road that have failing parts or are in dire need of repair.

When a catastrophic accident is the fault of a truck driver or trucking company, the victims of surviving family members can seek compensation for their medical bills and emotional distress. A California truck accident attorney has the skills necessary to build an effective injury claim so that the clients they represent get the exact settlement amount they need and deserve.

The majority of truck drivers and trucking companies take great pains to ensure they and other motorists are safe from harm. Unfortunately, there are some truck drivers and truck companies for which safety does not take precedence and they should be held liable for their negligent actions or inaction.

Our truck accident attorneys serving San Mateo know that truck accident can leave a family confused and in despair. When you enlist them to work on your injury claim, you can have confidence that you will get a settlement that reflects the suffering a truck accident has caused you or a loved one.