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Keeping large truck crashes in perspective

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration keeps track of a wide variety of statistics pertaining to large truck crashes.

The latest numbers from 2015 remind us that as motorists, we share the road with big rigs and that it is wise to remain alert around them and respect their size and power.

Injuries and fatalities

The data from FMCSA shows that in 2015, there were 3,598 fatalities and 83,000 injuries attributed to truck-related crashes. In fact, the number of large trucks that were involved in roadway deaths rose by 8 percent from 2014 to 2015. Injury crashes had decreased from 2005 to 2009, but sadly, from 2009 to 2015, there was an increase of 62 percent.

When accidents happen

The statistics indicate that 89 percent of large truck-related accidents occur on weekdays, and of those that resulted in fatalities or injuries, the majority took place between 6 pm and 6 am. You may be surprised to learn that about 60 percent of the fatal crashes in which large trucks were involved happened on rural roads. Most crashes were described as a collision with “a vehicle in transport.” Rollovers were reported in small numbers, but in 2015, large trucks were involved in 27 percent of the fatalities and 11 percent of the injury crashes that occurred in work zones.

Finding fault

In a vehicle accident, only one car may be involved, but many times, one vehicle collides with another. In either type of accident, it is not difficult to determine who was at fault and why the crash occurred. However, a personal injury attorney will tell you that if a large truck is involved, negligence could be assigned to multiple parties, such as the truck driver, the company that owns the vehicle and, if equipment failure were to blame, for example, the company responsible for performing maintenance. Truck crash statistics are sobering, but motorists must keep the numbers in perspective and remain vigilant when sharing the road with these large vehicles.

https://cms.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts-2015#A2

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