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Truck Accident Data

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People who use the highways in California might be interested in some statistics about truck accidents that ahve been published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the NHTSA, 3,921 people were killed in truck accidents in 2012 while more than 100,000 people were injured. When compared to data from 2011, the number of truck accident fatalities rose by 4 percent.

The number of people injured in truck accidents increased by 18 percent from 2011 to 2012. Nearly three-quarters of the injured truck accident victims were found to be the occupants of other vehicles while 24 percent were the occupants of the large trucks and the balance were pedestrians, bicyclists or others who were not in a vehicle at the time. Data about fatalities from truck accidents showed that 73 percent of the deceased victims were occupants of other vehicles, 18 percent were the occupants of large trucks and the remainder were non-occupants.

In addition to the number of annual truck accidents, the NHTSA looked at data about truck crash characteristics. Data showed that the majority of fatal truck accidents take place on weekdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5:59 p.m. The majority of two-vehicle truck accidents occurred while both the truck driver and the driver of the other vehicle were traveling straight.

A person who has been injured in a truck accident that was due to the negligence of the truck driver might be able to claim some compensation by filing a personal injury complaint. Many truck accident victims seek help in the filing of a personal injury claim from an attorney. If someone was killed in a truck accident, an attorney might be able to help the victim's family members file a wrongful death action.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Large Trucks", accessed on Jan. 16, 2015