We’ve all experienced the rumble of a large tractor-trailer passing us on Interstate 43, I-94, or other highways around Milwaukee. We may imagine for a second the carnage of a semi-truck accident, with cab and trailer skidding out of control and slamming into other vehicles.
It happens a lot in Wisconsin. Wisconsin DOT statistics say there’s a large truck crash in the state more than 18 times a day on average.
Statistics also show that it’s the occupants of other vehicles who are typically injured or killed in most tractor-trailer accidents. Truckers are protected far better by large rigs than passenger car occupants are by their vehicles. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians stand little chance of escaping injury or death in a truck accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a federal agency that works to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce the economic costs of traffic accidents through research, education and setting and enforcing safety standards. Its research includes collecting traffic accident statistics across the country.
Across the country, there were 4,761 people killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2017, a 9% increase from 2016, according to NHTSA’s Large Trucks Traffic Safety Facts. Seventy-two percent of people killed in large truck crashes in 2017 were occupants of other vehicles.
NHTSA says 76 large trucks involved in fatal accidents in Wisconsin in 2017 represented 9.1% of all motor vehicles in accidents in the state.
In more recent NHTSA statistics for Wisconsin, the agency says 73 fatalities in Wisconsin in 2018 were caused by an accident involving a large truck. From 2014 through 2018, there was an average of 68.4 truck accident fatalities a year in Wisconsin, or one about every five days.
In a count of truck accident fatalities among Wisconsin’s 72 counties, Milwaukee County is among the lower third for the rate of truck fatalities per 100,000 population in 2018 (less than 2.19 per 100,000), according to NHTSA. Neighboring Racine County is in the middle third (2.19-6.15 fatalities per 100,000), with a rate of 2.54 per 100,000 population.
Among the most dangerous Wisconsin counties, according to the rate of truck accident fatalities per 100,000 population, are:
Demographic data is often stated as “per 100,000 population” because multiplying the actual number by 100,000 allows a comparison of counties with large differences in populations.
If you live in the Milwaukee area, you probably have heard about some recent truck accidents:
Most motor vehicle accidents are caused by driver error. That includes truck drivers who cause accidents through their negligence or recklessness. The attorneys at Gruber Law Offices investigate truck accidents on behalf of accident victims. The causes of truck accidents that we frequently find include:
The truck accident that left you or your loved one injured is the one that matters most to you, and it matters to us, too. Gruber Law Offices, LLC can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for injuries suffered in a semi-truck accident in Milwaukee or elsewhere in southeastern Wisconsin.
Contact Gruber Law Offices in Milwaukee for a free review of your case today. Our experienced truck accident lawyers conduct thorough investigations and negotiate aggressively to obtain maximum compensation for our clients. You only pay legal fees after we recover money for you. ONE CALL … THAT’S All.