How common are tractor-trailer fires?

Western Tennessee is full of semi-trucks that transport goods to all parts of the country. Because fully loaded commercial vehicles can weigh as much as 40 tons, their drivers must maintain special licenses. They also must comply with a variety of state and federal regulations.

Even though tractor-trailer drivers should know how to avoid collisions, deadly truck accidents continue to be alarmingly common in the U.S. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, nearly 5,000 semi-trucks had fatal accidents in 2020 alone. Another 107,000 trucks were in injury-causing crashes that year.

The dangers of truck fires

Most tractor-trailers on the road today are capable of carrying between 120 and 150 gallons of fuel. Whether this fuel is gasoline or diesel, it is extremely flammable. If an accident causes damage to a truck’s fuel tank, a catastrophic fire may be imminent. Even worse, truck fires can be difficult to extinguish.

The risk to your physical safety

According to Penske Rental Leasing Logistics, there are approximately 7,000 truck fires in the U.S. every single year. While your odds of being in the middle of one are small, they are not insignificant. Consequently, to minimize the risk to your physical safety, it is critical to give tractor-trailers the respect they deserve when driving near them.

Your recovery process

Even if you exercise additional care when you are around semi-trucks, you cannot control the actions of a truck’s driver or other motorists. Sadly, recovering from the injuries you sustain in a semi-truck fire may be a long, painful and expensive process.

Ultimately, by going after financial compensation for your damages, you may have the resources you need to navigate your recovery even better.