Nevada Truck Accident Statistics

Nevada Truck Accident Statistics

Insight from Reno Truck Accident Lawyers

When you look at statistics regarding truck accidents, you can get a better overall understanding of this subject based on recorded incidents. Looking at past occurrences can help you estimate what may occur in the future and can also help you understand what factors come into play to cause these accidents and what impact they have on individual victims and society as a whole. We welcome you to review the information included here, or you can call a Reno truck accident attorney at our firm at any time for a free consultation. We offer legal representation to truck accident victims in Reno, Carson City and the surrounding areas – on a contingent fee basis (you pay nothing unless we win your case).

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offer helpful statistics regarding truck accidents in Nevada and the United States. According to these sources:

  • There were more than 10.2 million large trucks registered in the U.S. in 2011.
  • In 2011, 287,000 large trucks (weighing more than 10,000 pounds) were involved in traffic accidents across the nation. These accidents left 88,000 people injured and resulted in 3,757 fatalities.
  • The majority of people killed and injured in truck accidents are occupants of other vehicles involved in crashes with large trucks. Occupants of other vehicles accounted for 72% of those injured and killed in truck accidents in 2011.
  • Large trucks account for approximately 4% of all registered vehicles in the U.S. In 2011, large trucks accounted for 8% of all vehicles involved in fatal traffic accidents.
  • Large trucks are more likely to be involved in fatal multi-vehicle accidents than fatal single-vehicle accidents. 80% of fatal truck accidents in 2011 involved a truck and at least one other vehicle. For passenger vehicles, however, this rate was 58%.
  • In 2011, 28 large trucks were involved in fatal traffic accidents in Nevada, or 8.5% of all vehicles invovled in fatal accidents.
  • In 2010, large trucks were involved in 1,463 traffic accidents in Nevada, accounting for 1.5% of all traffic accidents in the state.
  • The following numbers of large trucks were involved in Nevada traffic accidents in 2010:
    • Tractor-trailers: 778 (178 in injury accidents; 14 in fatal accidents)
    • Tractor only: 267 (60 in injury accidents; 0 in fatal accidents)
    • Semi-trucks: 177 (42 in injury accidents; 0 in fatal accidents)
    • Flatbed or platform trucks: 166 (39 in injury accidents; 1 in fatal accident)
    • Tractor doubles: 119 (29 in injury accidents; 1 in fatal accident)
    • Unknown configurations: 47 (15 in injury accidents; 0 in fatal accidents)
    • Tanker trucks: 32 (7 in injury accidents; 0 in fatal accidents)
    • Tractor triples: 16 (5 in injury accidents; 1 in fatal accident)

Legal Counsel for Truck Accident Victims in Reno & Carson City

If you were injured in an accident with a large truck, you may benefit from the insight of a legal professional who knows how to deal with these cases. At Shook & Stone, our attorneys have recovered more than $100 million for our clients in settlements and verdicts. We have been serving clients in Reno, Carson City and throughout Nevada since 1997. Because we understand how and why these accidents occur, we can investigate collisions to determine what parties can be held liable.

After determining fault and therefore accountability, we can then seek maximum financial compensation from all possible sources. This may be a driver's own insurance policy, the insurance policy of another driver or perhaps a trucking company, shipping company or even truck manufacturer. A thorough approach will help us uncover all possible compensation. Find out more by contacting a Reno truck accident attorney at our firm. Your initial consultation is free!

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