Truck accidents can cause tremendous damage and serious injuries to any victims involved. Large trucks are common in and around the Worcester area, which means that there is always a possibility for a catastrophic truck accident.
There was a five percent increase in fatal truck accidents involving large trucks from 2011 to 2012 from 3,633 fatal truck accidents in 2011 to 3,802 fatal truck accidents in 2012. In addition, there was a 22 percent increase in the number of large truck-related accident injuries from a total of 63,000 in 2011 to a total of 77,000 in 2012.
During 2012, there were around 317,000 accidents involving large trucks reported to police. Of those truck-related accidents, 3,464 resulted in at least one fatality, and 73,000 resulted in at least one injury that was nonfatal. Of fatal large truck accidents, 63 percent involved two vehicles. A little over a third of all fatal truck accidents, and nearly a quarter of all truck accidents that resulted in injuries, occurred at night. A significant number of fatal and nonfatal truck accident injuries occurred during weekdays. In total, 83 percent of fatal truck accidents and 80 percent of nonfatal injury truck accidents occurred during weekdays.
When examining drivers and causes of truck accidents, speeding was the number one factor for truck drivers followed by truck driver distraction or inattention. When victims have suffered harm because of the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, they can pursue legal action to recover damages from those parties.
Truck accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic consequences in the lives of truck accident victims and their families. Because of the serious nature of the harm caused by truck accidents, the legal process provides options to ensure that victims and their families can get appropriate compensation.
Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2012,” Accessed Sept. 26, 2015