Truck Accident Statistics

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Regardless of crash severity,repparttar majority of vehicles in single and two-vehicle crashes were going straight prior torepparttar 119255 crash.

The majority of persons killed or injured in traffic crashes were drivers (65 percent), followed by passengers (31 percent), pedestrians (3 percent), and pedal cyclists (2 percent).

In 2003,repparttar 119256 initial point of impact at time of collision happened 2,354 times (50 percent) inrepparttar 119257 front of vehicle; compared to 382 times onrepparttar 119258 left side, 188 times onrepparttar 119259 right side, and 720 times inrepparttar 119260 rear.

In 2003, 608 large trucks were involved in fatal truck accidents causes by rollovers.

Miscellaneous trucking revenue statistics

The truck driver makes 30.3 cents per mile. Average yearly income for a driver is $32,000 a year. The average owner operator makes slightly more.

Total revenue estimates are $255.5 billion. For hire or common carriers trucking companies generated revenue estimated at $97.9 billion about $18 billion more than air transportation. Private fleets generated revenue estimated at $121 billion.

Truck operating ratio is estimated at 95.2. This means for every dollar in revenuerepparttar 119261 trucking company has a cost of 95.2 cents leaving a profit of 4.8 cents on every dollar.

The trucking industry contributes an estimate of $21.4 billion to operate on U.S. roads and highways.

The trucking industry accounts for 12.8 percent of allrepparttar 119262 fuel purchased inrepparttar 119263 U.S. Automobiles and light vehicles account for 63 percent of fuel purchases.

Michael Monheit, Esquire is the managing attorney for Monheit Law, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Monheit Law, P.C. concentrates its practice in the field of plaintiff personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. They can be found at http://www.monheit.com/truck


Frequently Asked Truck Accident Questions

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How soon should a truck accident injury or death case be pursued?

Each state has a different law regarding big rig accidents and/or wrongful deaths. In some states a truck accident case must be brought within two years ofrepparttar date ofrepparttar 119254 decedent's death, if death occurred on or after January 1, 2004; and one year fromrepparttar 119255 date of decedent's death ifrepparttar 119256 death occurred before January 1, 2004.

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How important is an investigation in a truck accident case?

Extremely important; ifrepparttar 119257 truck is commercially owned, large trucking companies will perform their own investigation immediately afterrepparttar 119258 accident. Unfortunately, this puts you at a big disadvantage. To counteract, retain an attorney who immediately investigatesrepparttar 119259 case to pin down liability for potential at-fault defendants.

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Are expert witnesses necessary to prove fault in a truck accident case?

Usually, unless there is no question that one party was completely at fault, a plaintiff in any serious injury or death case involving a truck should retain an expert with expertise inrepparttar 119260 design, manufacturing, and operation of trucks andrepparttar 119261 rules ofrepparttar 119262 trucking industry.

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Can a truck driver operate his vehicle 24/7?

No. Since 1939, Federal law has placed restrictions onrepparttar 119263 hours of service that a trucker may operate his truck. Recent changes have been made to these rules forrepparttar 119264 first time in over 60 years. The new rules are designed to reducerepparttar 119265 effect of cumulative fatigue and prevent many ofrepparttar 119266 accidents and fatalities to which fatigue is a contributing factor for big rig drivers.

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I canít afford a truck accident lawyer. What can I do?

Many truck accident law attorneys represent clients on a contingency fee basis. Under this arrangement, there is no fee, unless and until there is a recovery. If nothing is recovered -- than no fees are collected.

Michael Monheit, Esquire is the managing attorney for Monheit Law, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Monheit Law, P.C. concentrates its practice in the field of plaintiff personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. They can be found at http://www.monheit.com/truck


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