In 2019, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety documented 4,119 fatalities resulting from collisions involving large trucks. Truck occupants accounted for 16% of these deaths, pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists constituted 15%, while 67% were occupants of passenger vehicles. Notably, 11% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities that year were linked to accidents involving large 18‐wheeler trucks. 

Despite being less frequent than car accidents, truck accidents carry a higher toll of severe injuries and fatalities. Regrettably, various studies converge on a troubling trend: incidents involving large trucks are increasing. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2030, road accidents will rank as the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. 

Contrary to common assumptions, drugs and alcohol are not the primary culprits behind these crashes. The major contributors to large truck accidents include mechanical defects, with a significant focus on tire issues, unfamiliar tour routes, and driver fatigue. Additional factors encompass distracted driving, adverse road conditions, speeding, and reckless behaviors like tailgating. 

What should you do if you or someone you love has been involved in an 18‐wheeler crash: 

  • Call 911 and check for injuries 
  • Limit your discussion to only the police and only state the facts 
  • Take photographs of your vehicle, the 18‐wheeler, and surrounding areas 
  • Do not give a statement or talk with the other party’s insurance company 
  • Report the crash to your insurance company 
  • Obtain a copy of the crash report 
  • Call our office so that we can help you navigate through your case 
  • MOST IMPORTANT – Focus on your health 

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident, anywhere in Mississippi, please contact the Wilson Law Firm at 228‐436‐6391.