According to the most recent data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Large Truck Crash Overview report, the number of large trucks (trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds) involved in fatal crashes is on the rise. In 2011, 3,608 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, which is a 3 percent increase from 2010 and 12 percent increase from 2009. Statistics show 3,757 people were killed in 2011 and 80,000 injured.
The FMCSA reports also show that truck drivers are more likely than drivers of smaller vehicles to comply with seat belt laws and less likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In fatal collisions, 83 percent of truck drivers, compared with 65 percent of drivers of passenger cars, were reported to be wearing their seatbelts. In 1 percent of the fatal collisions, truck drivers had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. Additional data from the FMCSA report shows the following:
Lawyers in our firm are currently handling several cases involving large trucks. If you would like more information or have questions concerning this topic, contact Sloan Downes, the Section Head Administrator in the firm’s Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, by email at Sloan.Downes@beasleyallen.com, or by phone at 800-898-2034. Sloan will put you in touch with one of the section’s lawyers.
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