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Report: truck involvement in U.S. injury accidents went up

Among the harms truck accidents can cause are serious injuries. Statistics suggest that the U.S. may have recently experienced a trend of increases in injury-causing truck accidents.

The statistics are from a recent report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and they regard truck accidents in the U.S. in 2014. The statistics indicate that both the number of large trucks that were involved in traffic accidents in which injuries occurred and the large-truck-involvement rate (per 100 million large truck miles) when it comes to injury-resulting accidents were up 21 percent that year as compared to 2013.

One of the silver linings in these statistics is that they indicate that fatal truck accidents trended down in 2014. However, the decrease in fatal truck accidents was not as steep as the increase in truck accidents involving injuries. The decrease as compared to 2013 was only 5 percent when it came to the total number of large trucks that were involved in accidents that had fatal results and only 6 percent when it came to the rate of large truck involvement in deadly accidents.

What do you think contributed to the increases the statistics indicate occurred in 2014 when it comes to injury-involving truck accidents? Do you think these factors have continued to be present in the time since 2014?

The list of injuries truck accidents can result in is extensive, including things such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, internal injuries, bone breaks or fractures, deep cuts and muscle injuries. The range of different ways such injuries can impact a person is also quite extensive.

Many factors can have implications regarding what avenues for legal recourse individuals injured in traffic collisions involving large trucks have available. Assessments of their overall legal situation in regards to compensation are among the things 18-wheeler accident lawyers can provide victims of truck crashes.

Source: Transport Topics, "Fatal Crashes, Fatalities Involving Large Trucks Declined From 2013 to 2014, FMCSA Says," Eric Miller, April 15, 2016

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