Truck drivers, trucking companies and other parties to the trucking industry all too often fail to comply with safety regulations established by the federal and state governments. When these violations occur, the lives of passenger vehicle occupants are put at risk. To underscore how devastating truck accidents can be, let's consider some statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For 2012, the NHTSA reported that truck accidents in the United States took the lives of 3,921 people and injured 104,000. Seventy-three percent of those who died were not in large trucks but in the other vehicles, while 18 percent of those who died were truck occupants. These numbers indicate how easily a collision with a large truck can result in catastrophe for occupants of cars, pickup trucks and other passenger vehicles.