We have reported on accidents involving trucks many times within our blog. When a car is involved in a trucking accident, it is an unfair match, oftentimes resulting in the serious injury of those individuals in the car.
The JereBeasley Report highlighted the rise of trucking accidents through an article we wanted to highlight and share with our readers. In the article they explain how the number of fatal crashes with large trucks is on the rise.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) most recent data supports the claim of the rise in fatal accidents. The administration’s Large Truck Crash Overview report states that the number of large trucks (those trucks that weight over 10,000 pounds) involved in fatal accidents is increasing. In 2011, 3,608 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes. This number is a 3% increase from the year prior and a 12% increase from 2009.
According to the FMCSA report, 3,757 people were killed in large truck accidents in 2011 and 80,000 were injured.
Characteristics of Fatal Large Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shared additional data in their report that highlights the common characteristics of the fatal large truck accidents.
- Most of the collisions with trucks occurred during daytime hours
- 61% of fatal large truck accidents involved a tractor pulling a semi-trailer
- 47% of non-fatal large truck accidents involved a tractor pulling a semi-trailer
- 34% of the crashes were attributed to driver-related factors such as speed (8%), distracted/inattention (6%), impairment (4%), failure to stay in the proper lane (4%), and blocked vision (3.5%)
- Accidents in work zones amounted to 174 fatal crashes
Fatal Truck Accident in Ohio
If your loved one was the victim of a fatal truck accident, you need to call a lawyer to help you with your case. If your loved one was killed at the fault of another driver, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim for the trucking accident. The lawyers at our office have handled several cases involving trucks and have helped clients and their families to receive favorable settlements for the extreme loss they have endured.
To learn more about your legal options, call our office at 800.637.8170. You may also benefit from ordering our free legal resource, The Ohio Wrongful Death Book, which can serve as your guide.