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Who Is More Likely to Suffer Fatal Injuries in a Truck Accident?

Who Is More Likely to Suffer Fatal Injuries in a Truck Accident?

Truck accidents are some of the deadliest collisions on American roads. Truck accident fatalities are common, but who is more likely to die in a truck accident?

Research shows that passenger vehicle drivers are at least three times more likely to be killed in a commercial truck accident compared to truck drivers.

Truck Accident Fatality Statistics

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2018 statistics show that 4,163 people were killed during accidents involving large trucks. Although there are relatively fewer trucks on the road compared to passenger vehicles, there is a high number of truck accidents that occur every year. The IIHS’s research states that 67 percent of those who died in truck accidents were occupants of other vehicles. Truck driver fatalities were at 18 percent and pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists (in total) were at 15 percent.

Why Do Passenger Vehicles Have Higher Fatality Rates?

One of the reasons why passenger vehicle occupants are more at risk of dying in a truck accident than the truck driver is that they are severely impacted in collisions. Trucks are often 20 to 30 times heavier than other vehicles on the road. A truck’s height also gives the truck driver more protection when they are involved in collisions with smaller vehicles. 

Houston Truck Accident Attorneys

If you or your loved one were injured or killed in a truck accident, you have rights that protect you. You are entitled to pursue legal action to seek compensation for your injuries. Our Houston truck accident attorneys have helped those injured throughout Texas recover the compensation they need to secure their future after an accident. We have secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we are ready to help you get the best possible results for your case.

Contact our Houston truck accident lawyers today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a case review!