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Have large truck crash injuries increased?

When someone is behind the wheel, they may encounter many different hazards and could find themselves in a traffic crash for various reasons. Some accidents are relatively minor, but others can bring extremely significant consequences. Large truck crashes are especially concerning due to the sheer size of semis and other factors, such as trucker fatigue and difficulty slowing a large truck down. Moreover, data shows that in recent years, the number of people who have sustained injuries in large truck crashes has gone up.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large truck crashes which resulted in injuries increased by 62 percent between 2009 and 2015. During 2009, there were 60,000 large truck wrecks which resulted in an injury, the FMCSA reports. In 2015, however, 97,000 such accidents occurred. Worse, estimates suggest that 119,000 large truck crashes caused injuries during 2016.

Those who are involved in a truck collision may face many consequences, even if they are not injured. For example, the financial impact of an accident can be devastating, and some may struggle with mental trauma after such a large vehicle collides with them on the road. Moreover, they may have loved ones riding in the vehicle who become injured or lose their lives.

Sadly, large truck collisions are often preventable but happen as a direct result of careless behavior. Large truck drivers may surpass the speed limit, drive for too many hours and become very fatigued or drive while intoxicated. When this negligent behavior causes a crash, victims should not think twice about holding a negligent trucker responsible.

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