How Common Are Accident Cases Involving Trucks And Tractor/Trailers?
According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s 2014 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics there were 11,585 accidents involving semi-trucks or truck-tractors with semi-trailers that led to either injury or death. Of these 11,585 motor vehicles accidents 86 ended in someone losing their life. Deaths as a result tractor-trailers rose by 8.5% in 2014 compared to 2013, but the total number of accidents decreased by 10.4%.
Of the 11,585 total crashes involving tractor-trailers, 1902 of them resulted in injury. 387 of these accidents involving injury resulted in the injured person being unable to walk, drive or normally continue the activities he/she was capable of performing before the injury occurred. According to the glossary accompanying the facts and statistics report, these injuries include lacerations, broken limbs, skull or chest injuries, and abdominal injuries.
Needless to say, getting into a collision with a semi-tractor trailer can be catastrophic. Overall though, it would appear that more accidents involving injuries are attributable to passenger vehicles, including pickup trucks.
Are These Vehicles Subject To Different Regulations And Law?
Commercial motor vehicles, including semi-tractors, are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These regulations are published in the Federal Register and can be found in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in Title 49 of the CFR. Because not all of the federal regulations preempt state law, the State of Illinois has also enacted laws regulating commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.