The trucking industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States, with much of our commerce and trade dependent on the transport that these oversized trucks provide. In the United States alone there are just under 9 million people who are employed in some sort of trucking related job. A lot of those employees are truck drivers, operating any one of the 15.5 million registered trucks in the United States. The trucking industry logs more than 430 billion miles annually—yes, hundreds of billions of miles. Most of those miles are logged on the interstate highways where truckers can transport large quantities of goods from one end of the country to the other in just a matter of days.
The trucking industry has changed the face of the commerce industry in our country by making globalization possible at the level we expect it. Goods and materials are available almost everywhere, at any time. However, this doesn’t come without a cost. Trucking incidents account for almost 20% of accidents on the highway, and these incidents are the cause of about 10% of all highway accident fatalities. In fact, in the United States a person will be injured or killed in a trucking-related incident every 16 minutes.
When the facts are spelled out like this, it is evident that trucking incidents are a serious issue. Getting into any sort of accident is frightening, but when the accident involves a truck shipping potentially dangerous materials, the experience can be especially traumatizing.
If you are involved in a trucking accident of any sort, it is imperative that you contact a to seek the help you deserve and plan a course of action. It is possible to experience whip-lash like injuries from an accident with speeds as low as 5 mph. Most interstate accidents happen at much faster speeds. If you are hurt, it is possible that the trucking company is at fault and you could be entitled to medical bill support or other rewards. Contact us to schedule a consultation and to discuss your options.
Remember, accidents happen everywhere. Stay safe on the road and be cautious. And when an accident does happen, do what it takes to protect yourself.