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New report shows that large truck fatalities are on the rise

A recent release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that fatal automobile accidents that involved tractor-trailers and other large trucks increased 4 percent between 2011 and 2012. The study examined those trucks that had weighed over 10,000 pounds. A total of 3,921 people were killed due to these accidents that year. Some states contributed to this figure more than others. Florida, for instance, accounted for over 5 percent of all fatal trucking accidents in 2012.

In a truck accident, it's usually the smaller passenger vehicle that is worse for the wear. Of all of the fatalities in 2012, a full 73 percent of the deaths were those who were in vehicles other than the large truck. Only 18 percent of fatalities were individuals actually in these big rigs. It's not just those who are fatally wounded, however, who are affected. There were 104,000 non-fatal injuries involving these large vehicles as well. That is a full 18 percent increase over the prior year.

These figures go to show just how frequent large truck accidents are. Even though these vehicles only account for 4 percent of vehicles registered on America's roadways, they were involved in over 8 percent of all accidents where a fatality occurred. Of all truckers involved in these fatal collisions, 18 percent had also received speeding tickets in the past.

This report makes it hard to deny that fatal large truck accidents are not only common, but they are also increasing. Someone involved in an accident of this type may suffer life-altering injuries, if not death, due to the negligent actions of a truck driver. Those who are injured due to this negligence, or their surviving loved ones, can seek legal assistance and may be able to recover compensation for their pain and losses.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation , "Large Trucks", October 23, 2014

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