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It always amazes us how poorly truck insurance companies handle claims, especially after a serious truck accident. Many truck accident injury victims come to us for help because they do not get straight answers from insurers and in some cases no answers. At Buchanan & Buchanan we understand the frustration and help with Michigan truck accident investigations to determine the cause of the truck accident and who holds responsibility for resulting injuries. We answer questions for victims of truck accidents, and we are best positioned to answer yours. We specialize in truck accident claims in Michigan including accidents involving:

  • Commercial Trucks
  • Semi-Trucks
  • Truck Accident Cargo Spill
  • Truck Accident Open Flames

Facts about Truck Accidents

Every year thousands of people are injured in semi-truck accidents – many very seriously. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in an accident on the road. In 2005, there were an estimated 430,000 police reported trac crashes involving semi-trucks, in which 4,533 people were killed and 78,000 people were injured. Here are other interesting facts:

  • Roll overs were the cause in only 5% of all fatal crashes involving trucks and in only 2% of all non-fatal crashes involving trucks.
  • Of the 4,881 drivers involved in fatal truck accidents, 281 (about 6%) were 25 years of age or younger, and 154 (about 3%) were 66 years of age or older.
  • In the United States, injuries in truck accidents made up 4% of all injuries in motor vehicle crashes in 2005.
  • In 2005, single semi-trailer trucks accounted for 62% of truck accidents resulting in fatalities. Double semi-trailer trucks made up 3% of truck accidents resulting in fatal crashes. Triple semi-trailer trucks accounted for 0.1% of all truck accidents resulting in fatal crashes in 2005.
Crash Type
Type # Crashes
Uncoded/errors 125 (0%)
Single vehicle 50,459 (27%)
Head-on 2,720 (1%)
Head-on/left-turn 6,720 (4%)
Angle 34,837 (19%)
Rear-end 49,921 (27%)
Rear-end/left-turn 2,139 (1%)
Rear-end/right-turn 2,447 (1%)
Sideswipe/same-direction 20,549 (11%)
Sideswipe/opposite-direction 3,811 (2%)
Other/unknown 10,408 (6%)
Total 184,136
Hazardous Action
Action # Crashes
None 247,933 (25%)
Speed too fast 20,694 (2%)
Speed too slow 437 (0%)
Failed to yield 30,404 (3%)
Disregard traffic control 8,101 (1%)
Drove wrong way 289 (0%)
Drove left of center 1,600 (0%)
Improper passing 1,681 (0%)
Improper lane use 7,122 (1%)
Improper turn 3,428 (0%)
Improper/no signal 384 (0%)
Improper backing 5,272 (1%)
Unable to stop 49,165 (5%)
Other 13,985 (1%)
Unknown 598,296 (60%)
Reckless driving 1,336 (0%)
Careless/negligent 6,056 (1%)
Total 996,183

Buchanan & Buchanan Investigation and Medical Expertise

Truck accident claims involving death or serious injuries require the highest attorney skill and experience. But that’s just half the equation. Truck accidents causing brain injury, paralysis, disfigurement, burns, death, or catastrophic injury require medical expertise, too. These lawsuits for injured people and their families demand, from beginning to end, the expertise of medical professionals to oversee the complex medical issues that are at the core of these serious claims.  At Buchanan & Buchanan we employ both experienced attorneys and skilled medical professionals involved in every truck accident claim. We use our experience in handling truck accident cases to investigate contributing causes of an accident to ensure that you will receive full compensation for your injuries. We will handle the investigation so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. We assist you in finding an appropriate medical specialist to treat you, and can talk to medical care providers about your case until it is resolved through settlement or trial.


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Buchanan & Buchanan, P.L.C.
171 Monroe Ave. N.W. Suite 750
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
voice: (616) 458.2464
toll free: 1-800-272-4080
fax: (616) 458.0608
email: mail@buchananfirm.com