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Trucks involved in fewer fatalities but more injury accidents

Texas motorists may be pleased to see statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association showing that the number of trucks involved in fatal accidents around the country dropped between 2013 and 2014. Although the reasons for the decline remain a cause for speculation, trucking industry experts have suggested ways in which these safety gains could be retained and expanded upon.

The number dropped by 5 percent from the preceding year. Another metric used by the FMSCA is fatalities per 100 million miles driven, and that dropped by 6 percent between 2013 and 2014.

At the same time the agency discovered a rise in the number of accidents that caused non-fatal injuries. This increase was much larger then the decrease in the number of fatal large truck accidents. There were only 177 fewer deadly wrecks involving large trucks in 2014 than 2013. During the same time there were approximately 15,000 more injury accidents that involved trucks. The reason for this discrepancy is not known, but some speculate that crash avoidance technology can lessen the impact of a rear-end collision. Other observers credit it to the increased number of trucks on the road in morning rush hours resulting from federal hours of service regulations. More traffic can result in more collisions, but lower speeds can reduce the number of fatalities.

Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, but truck driver negligence is often present. People who have been hurt in collisions resulting from a distracted or speeding truck driver may want to have a lawyer assist in obtaining compensation from the driver as well as the trucking company.

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

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