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joliet truck accident lawyerBeing involved in any type of vehicle accident can result in a victim suffering serious injury, however, accidents involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks often result in catastrophic injuries, usually for the occupants in the other vehicle. The size and massive weight of commercial trucks can do significant damage to a passenger vehicle in a truck accident, leaving the vehicle’s occupants vulnerable to severe injury and death.

Truck Accident Statistics

It is estimated that about 70 percent of all goods transported in the United States get to their destinations by truck. The considerable number of large trucks on the nation's roads appear to confirm this statistic. That number also means that there is a high potential for truck accidents.

According to data collected by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 75 percent of all fatal passenger vehicle accidents involve a large truck. In 70 percent of all fatal truck accidents, the victims are the passenger vehicle occupants. More than 5,000 people are killed in truck accidents each year.

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illinois car wreck lawyerFor years, there have been jokes about how bad women drivers are. This idea has been bandied about for the past century, becoming the topic of many stand-up comedian routines and sit-com television shows. The truth, however, according to multiple studies, is that men appear to be the poorer drivers, responsible for many more vehicle accidents than women.

Bad Driving Behaviors

Many studies have been done that conclude that male drivers have a higher traffic accident rate than female drivers. One of the main causes for the discrepancy is that males tend to engage in bad driving behaviors, such as speeding, aggressive driving, and driving under the influence, more than women. Male drivers are also more likely not to wear a seat belt.

Statistically, when it comes to bad driving behaviors, the rate of men who engage is higher than women in just about every area:

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truck crash lawyerThe trucking industry is vital to our modern way of life. Unfortunately, accidents involving large trucks often cause catastrophic and even fatal injuries. If your loved one was killed in a truck accident, it is important to know your legal options. Legal action cannot bring back your loved one. However, a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party may benefit you and your family in several ways.

Holding the At-Fault Party Answerable for Your Tragedy

The loss of a loved one is devastating regardless of the circumstances. Losing a loved one in a preventable auto collision is especially tragic. Human error is the most common contributor to large truck crashes. Distracted driving, fatigued driving, speeding, and unsafe lane changes are just some of the issues that can lead to a fatal truck accident. Trucking company negligence in the form of negligent hiring practices or insufficient truck maintenance may also cause truck crashes.

A wrongful death lawsuit allows you to hold the liable party accountable for the devastation your family is suffering. A wrongful death case is sometimes brought in conjunction with a criminal case, but criminal charges are not a prerequisite to a successful wrongful death action.

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