Truck accidents are startlingly common and can have devastating consequences for passenger vehicle occupants. In fact, most of the victims catastrophically injured or killed in truck accidents are those in vehicles other than the truck itself.
Learn about the frequency of Missouri truck accidents and what to do if you or someone you love has been harmed in one.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were 2,060 personal injury crashes involving trucks in 2014. These crashes killed 109 and injured 3,185 people. The vast majority of these deaths were passenger vehicle occupants.
Missouri is not the only state in which fatal truck accidents occur. In fact, fatal truck accidents have become more prevalent across the country.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 12% increase in the total number of people killed in large-truck crashes since 2008. Of these victims, 72% were passenger vehicle occupants, 18% were large truck occupants, and 10% were nonoccupants such as pedestrians or bicyclists.
Sadly, most of the aforementioned truck accidents could have been prevented had trucking companies and their drivers not been acting negligently. Most Missouri truck accidents are caused by the following human errors:
- Driving while drunk
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while drowsy
- Violating federal hours-of-service regulations
- Poor vehicle maintenance
If you have been harmed in a Missouri truck accident that wasn’t your fault, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Our St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Cantor Injury Law are here to help you recover the compensation you need to pay for sudden medical bills and lost wages. We have experience fighting large truck companies for the compensation our clients deserve. In 2019 alone, we recovered $30,000,000 for injury victims.