Truck Accident Lawyer Based in Sugar Land, TX
Accidents Involving Big Rigs, Semi Trucks and Tractor-Trailers
There are more than 11 million large trucks registered in the United States, according to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA considers a large truck to be a vehicle with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds. Commercial trucks are extremely large and heavy vehicles and can weigh to 80,000 pounds or more when fully loaded.
When large trucks are involved in traffic accidents, the results can be catastrophic. Even a relatively low-speed collision can cause significant damage to another, much smaller vehicle. The occupants of that vehicle may experience severe, life-threatening injuries.
Occupants of other vehicles are far more likely to be injured in a collision than the occupants of a large truck. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics from 2013 show that, in multi-vehicle truck accidents, more than 82% of those injured were occupants of other vehicles or non-occupants (bicyclists and pedestrians).