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Truck accident fatalities increase in the US

The trucking industry in Florida and across the U.S. may be getting more dangerous. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatal road traffic accidents involving trucks climbed 8 percent between 2014 and 2015.

The Large Truck and Bus Facts 2015 report issued by the FMCSA shows that nearly 3,600 fatal crashes involved trucks that weigh more than 10,000 pounds; these are usually trucks used to transport commercial cargo across the United States. Out of the 415,000 truck crashes reported by law enforcement agencies, 1 percent involved deaths of drivers, passengers or pedestrians. Of the total number of commercial trucking accidents in 2015, 20 percent caused injuries ranging from minor to severe.

In addition to the aforementioned statistics, the National Safety Council reported that the annual mileage death rate in the U.S. increased by 3 percent in 2016. This means that there are currently 1.25 deaths per 100 million miles traveled by vehicles. The majority of fatal truck accidents involved two vehicles, and 20 percent of them were passenger cars, motorcycles or bicycles. Although most truck accidents tend to occur on rural highways, 25 percent of them happen on urban roads.

Trucking accidents involving tractor-trailers and other vehicles are extremely detrimental to the commercial cargo industry, particularly when they result in deaths or massive trauma. To a significant extent, insurance companies and commercial carriers prefer to quickly settle lawsuits related to fatal crashes for the purpose of avoiding public court battles that may expose deficiencies such as poor maintenance, overworked drivers and negligence. A lawyer with experience in personal injury law may be able to help a truck accident victim obtain a higher settlement.

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