Facts & Statistics About 18-Wheeler Crashes in Texas

In the United States, there are approximately 2 million big rig trucks. Nationally, about 500,000 accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks occur yearly. Of those accidents, an estimated 5,000 result in death. Of these fatalities, 98 percent are the death of the driver or a passenger of the vehicle other than the 18-wheeler involved.

Large, heavy truck accidents cause approximately 130,000 injuries every year in the U.S.

Truck accident injury rates in Greater Houston are particularly high. In fact, Texas as a whole has a high number of annual injuries and fatalities resulting from trucking accidents. Many years, the number of fatal semi truck accidents approaches 300, and there are over 2,000 related injuries.

  • Out of over 15,000 trucking accidents, there are over 2,000 injuries and nearly 300 deaths.
  • Put another way, this is about one injury for every seven accidents and one death for every 50 accidents.

When semi trucks are involved in accidents with passenger vehicles, they frequently result in serious of injuries or death. If you or someone you love has been injured in a semi truck accident, you need an experienced Texas truck accident attorney on your side to fight for you every step of the way.

Trucking and insurance companies are ready with large legal staffs to combat any claims. The only way you can expect to receive fair and just compensation is to get high-caliber representation with a history of success in the Houston and Galveston area.

At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we have been representing victims and families throughout Greater Houston since 1970. Based in League City, we can get to the scene of your accident quickly, independently investigate and maximize the value of your case for past, present and future damages and losses.

Contact us online or call us today at (281) 645-5000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our trial-proven attorneys.

National Statistics On 18-Wheeler Crashes

Statistics from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) show that large commercial trucks, also known as 18-wheelers, semi trucks and tractor-trailers, are responsible for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities, even though they are only 3 percent of all registered vehicles.

The center also found that one out of every nine traffic fatalities involves a truck crash. Each year, nearly 5,000 trucks are involved in fatal traffic accidents across the U.S.

Truck facts show that a semi truck is considered to be a large truck weighing over 10,000 pounds gross weight. The Department of Transportation has set a maximum limit of 80,000 pounds gross weight, which is more than 15 times the weight of the average car. This enormous weight demonstrates why 18-wheeler accidents result in the most serious injuries or fatalities. Momentum, poor maneuverability, long braking distances and crushing force are all significant factors in most serious truck accidents.