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Large truck accidents are on the rise

Large truck and bus accidents are on the rise in Florida and across the United States, according to federal statistics. Large trucks are classified as those weighing more than 10,000 pounds.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in deadly accidents in 2015, which represents an 8 percent jump over the previous year. Further, the number of deaths from large truck and bus crashes per 100 million miles driven increased from 0.138 to 0.14 between 2014 and 2015, which is a jump of 1.7 percent. Overall, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses spiked 20 percent between 2009 and 2015.

The number of fatal accidents involving large trucks and buses increased 5 percent from 2014 to 2015. Meanwhile, injury accidents involving large trucks and buses spiked by 62 percent between 2009 and 2015. This came after fatal crashes decreased by 34 percent between 2005 and 2009. In 2015, 87,000 large trucks were involved in injury accidents, which is a 1 percent drop from the 88,000 in 2014.

Trucking accidents are responsible for thousands of catastrophic injuries across the U.S. each year. Worse, many of these accidents are preventable. Victims injured in a trucking accident that was caused by a truck driver who was speeding, intoxicated, distracted by a cellphone or negligent in some other manner often have to undergo lengthy and expensive medical treatment, and in some cases they are unable to return to work. They might want to meet with an attorney to see how they can obtain compensation from the at-fault driver and the trucking company for these and other losses.

Source: FMCSA, "Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2015", accessed on July 25, 2017

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