Majority hurt in large truck crashes occupy other vehicles

According to 2012 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large truck crashes tend to involve multiple vehicles instead of a single vehicle. Fatal accidents with large trucks in New Jersey in 2012 alone involved 819 total vehicles, only 61 of which were large trucks, as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The department went on to report that 73 percent of the 3,921 fatalities in crashes with large trucks in 2012 were people in the other vehicles. Among the 104,000 people injured, the same percentage of victims occupied vehicles other than the truck involved.

The DOT added that 4 percent of the total amount of registered vehicles on U.S. roads in 2012 were large trucks. However, large trucks were involved in 8 percent of fatal traffic accidents. The data showed that multiple-vehicle crashes with fatalities were more likely to involve large trucks than just passenger vehicles.

The picture that emerges from the data illustrates the heightened dangers of being part of an accident with large trucks. Truck accident injuries are common, and when victims suspect truck driver fatigue or other operator errors as the cause of the crash, they have the option of seeking legal representation from a personal injury lawyer to recompense costs associated with the accident.

The facts of the large truck accident, as shown in police reports and witness accounts, may be evaluated by a lawyer. If potential negligence on the part of the driver or the trucking company is spotted, the victim might be able to put together a civil claim for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and disability.

Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis, "Traffic Safety Facts – Large Trucks", January 03, 2015

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