Fewer trucks involved in fatal accidents in 2014

Georgia motorists may be pleased to hear that a federal road safety agency has found that there were approximately 5 percent fewer trucks involved in a deadly crash around the United States in 2014 than in the previous year. There were 3,921 trucks reported to be involved in fatal accidents in 2013, but only 3,744 were found in 2014.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also tracks the number of fatalities related to large trucks for every 100 million miles traveled. Its data reflects a 6 percent decline in this metric between 2013 and 2014. However, the lower rate of fatalities was accompanied by a rise in the number of truck accidents related to injuries. Although only about 73,000 truck crashes caused an injury in 2013, that number rose to approximately 88,000 in 2014. The agency found that about 1 percent of all police-reported truck accidents involved a death, whereas 20 percent caused at least one injury that was not fatal.

Although the drop in the fatality rate was welcome, the rise in the injury rate was seen as a cause for concern. There are a variety of reasons that have been put forward in an attempt to explain the discrepancy.

The operator of a truck and as well as its owner may bear financial responsibility when an accident caused by negligence such as truck driver fatigue results in harm to others. An injured victim may want to meet with a personal injury attorney in order to determine what the best way would be to obtain compensation for medical expenses and other losses.

Source: CCJ, "Fatal Crashes Involving Trucks Fell by 5 Percent in 2014", Matt Cole, April 18, 2016

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