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Crashes involving large trucks

Large trucks can pose a risk on roadways, as 2012 data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows. According to the data, 104,000 injuries and 3,921 deaths occurred after motor vehicle accidents involving such trucks. In Georgia, 8.8 percent of vehicles involved in crashes in 2012 were large trucks (trucks that weigh 10,000 pounds or more).

The number of fatalities and injuries involving large truck accidents increased from 2011 to 2012. The biggest increase was the 104,000 people who were injured in semi wrecks in 2012 compared to the 88,000 people injured in 2011, which is an increase of 18 percent. Seventy-three percent of the people injured were occupants of other vehicles, while 24 percent of the people were in large trucks. The remaining 3 percent were not in any vehicle when a collision occurred.

Fatal accidents involving passenger vehicles may be multiple- or single-vehicle accidents, but crashes with semis usually involve more than one vehicle. Eighty-one percent of fatal large truck wrecks involved multiple vehicles in 2012. Big rigs are more likely to be struck in the rear during fatal collisions than other vehicles, but 31 percent of fatal truck crashes including two vehicles involved both the truck and another vehicle being hit in the front.

The size and weight of large trucks make them dangerous when a crash occurs, but victims have options when a truck accident was caused by the negligence of someone else. Commercial truck drivers are required to follow federal laws pertaining to safety, and a truck driver or the company who employed them could be held responsible when a violation of these laws leads to an accident.

Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis, "Traffic Safety Facts – Large Trucks", January 02, 2015

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