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Shocking Statistic: 5,000 Americans Are Killed In Truck Accidents Each Year

Cutting Back on Maintenance Equals Wrongful Deaths

  • Presented by: Steven M. Gursten, Lawyer
  • Description: Steve Gursten, truck accident lawyer and Michigan Auto Law partner, gives a truck accident statistic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: An average of 5,000 people are killed in serious truck accidents each year throughout the country. Gursten says that the trucking companies and unfit truck drivers responsible for the wrongful deaths are the ones that are slacking on truck maintenance.
  • Length: 1 minute, 26 seconds

Video Transcript

There are over 5,000 Americans killed each year in truck accidents. That’s the equivalent of a fully-loaded jet plane, crashing out of the sky and killing everyone on board, every week. If a plane was falling out of the sky and killing everyone on board once a week in the United States, most people are pretty sure the government would do something about it. In fact, the Bush administration and the truck industry have pressured government Web sites to remove the safety information of the trucking companies in the United States, so that lawyers, the public and the police cannot access this information when determining the safety record, and safety rating of these trucking companies.

Cutting back on safety costs lives. These companies are deferring maintenance and they’re cutting back on safety. There’s a saying that many safety experts have, and it doesn’t just apply to trucks. They say the first thing to go is maintenance, and the second thing to go is people’s lives. Five thousand Americans are killed every year due to unsafe trucks. This is a statistic until it happens to someone you love. Call (248) 353-7575 for a free consultation.