NHTSA: 2018 Saw Slight Increase in Fatal Large Truck Accidents

Like other types of motor vehicle accidents, large truck accidents can be devastating, often leaving those involved seriously injured as a result of the accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 people were killed in large truck accidents on U.S. roadways in 2018, an increase of 1 percent from the previous year. Although traffic fatalities overall have decreased in the past few years, fatal accidents involving large trucks continue to rise.

If you have been injured or if your loved one has been killed as a result of an accident involving a large truck, contact Attorney Group today. Those affected and their families may be able to pursue a claim and recover compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney.

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Large Truck Accidents Likely to Occur on Interstates and in Rural Areas

In addition to the nearly 5,000 people killed, approximately 151,000 people were injured in large truck accidents in 2018. Seventy-one percent of those killed and 72 percent of those injured were occupants of other vehicles. When compared with other types of drivers (such as those operating passenger vehicles, motorcycles, and light trucks), large truck drivers who were involved in fatal accidents had a higher percentage of previously recorded crashes.

Many of these accidents are occurring on our nation’s interstates where drivers are likely to drive at higher speeds and on rural roadways where road conditions tend to be more hazardous. The NHTSA also noted that large trucks were “more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes as opposed to fatal single-vehicle crashes than were passenger vehicles.” Regardless of the number of vehicles involved, fatal and non-fatal accidents involving large trucks can be especially traumatic due to the sometimes violent nature of accidents involving big rigs, semi trucks, and other large vehicles.

How Can an Attorney Help If You’re Injured in a Large Truck Accident?

When negligence results in injury, an injured party suffers loss in various ways. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists who are injured as a result of a holiday traffic accident may be able to file a file a claim and recover compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Likewise, the families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

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