BY: Matthew Curtis | IN: Personal Injury
Most vehicles on the road are of the four-wheel variety. It’s no surprise then that the vast majority of motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and fatalities on our streets and highways involve passenger vehicles. But cars share the road with hundreds of thousands of other vehicles on 18 wheels and bikes on two. And while trucks and motorcycles may be outnumbered by cars, the sheer size and power of massive tractor-trailers and the vulnerability of exposed bikers mean that the seriousness of injuries and frequency of deaths is significantly greater in truck and motorcycle accidents than for car accidents.
Every serious injury or loss of life in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident is a tragedy. Each victim and family face pain and struggles that aren’t reflected in numbers, charts, or statistics. But the facts and figures about truck and motorcycle accidents do shed light on the severity and scope of the dangers.
The same federal agency charged with establishing and enforcing safety rules for large trucks – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – also keeps tabs on what happens when those rules are violated, or any of the over 11 million trucks in the U.S. are otherwise involved in accidents.
The FMCSA’s latest report reveals that accidents involving big rigs wreak havoc on a daily basis:
The most common causes of truck accidents, according to the FMCSA, include:
As noted, motorcycle riders are significantly more likely to die in an accident than the occupants of the passenger cars with whom they share the road; 29 times more likely. This is reflected in the fact that although motorcycles comprise just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S., bikers made up more than 13 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed and over 100,000 more were injured on U.S. roads and highways that year, a 5.1 percent increase from 2015.
In May 2018, the Governors Highway Safety Association released its latest report on motorcycle accidents and fatalities. It revealed that:
The team of experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys at Sommers Schwartz are familiar with the complex web of rules, regulations, and legal principles that govern accidents involving truck drivers and trucking companies. We also know the challenges bikers face when seeking to hold others responsible for their injuries. Our courtroom acumen and fierce determination have led to the recovery of millions of dollars for our injured clients and their families.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident or motorcycle accident, please contact us today to arrange for your free initial consultation.
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Matthew Curtis is a senior shareholder and member of the Board of Directors at Sommers Schwartz, P.C. For the past 30 years, he has successfully litigated complex personal injury and medical malpractice cases throughout Michigan, and across the United States.