Head-on motor vehicle collisions have much higher fatality rates than other types of accidents — especially when one or both of the vehicles involved is a bus, semi-truck, or passenger van.
According to data gathered in 2014 by the Insurance Information Institute, head-on collisions have a 9.6 percent fatality rate, which is higher than any other type of collision. By comparison, the fatality rate for rear-end collisions is 6.6 percent. For sideswipe crashes, the fatality rate is 2.7 percent.
Personal injury lawyer, Amy Witherite, who specializes in defending people harmed by car wrecks and truck wrecks, explains, “When buses, passenger vans, and semi-trucks are involved in head-on collisions, the results can be devastating. These are larger than average vehicles that weigh more than a typical car.”
Furthermore, a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that eight people are killed and 1,161 others are injured as a result of “distracted drivers.” That’s not annually – it’s daily. Every day texting while driving is a hazard on today’s roads and a cause for car wrecks and truck wrecks across the country.
“When someone takes their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel, their minds are clearly not on driving, which means your safety is at risk,” said Witherite. “All it takes is a matter of seconds to think a text message is more important than other people on the road to cause a car wreck or truck wreck, or worse.”
If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, bus accident, or charter bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries as a result of these distracted drivers. Don’t delay speaking to an attorney about your next steps. Call an experienced Texas truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case.