The importance of large tractor trailer trucks to the economy is no surprise. Tractor trailer trucks are indeed, vital to commerce. However, with the size, weight and distance traveled by these trucks, there is a significant risk of serious injury or death when an accident occurs.
In fact, there was a 20% increase in the number of accidents over the past 20 years. As reported by the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,897 deaths occurred in crashes involving large trucks. There were approximately another 130,000 people who were injured.
But, unlike your typical passenger vehicle accident, investigating and resolving injuries and deaths resulting from tractor trailer collisions is a totally separate matter. For information on passenger vehicle accidents not involving a tractor trailer, see my articles on Auto Accident Whiplash Injuries, Spinal Cord Injury Accidents And Resources, and Compensable Damages In Injury Cases.