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Truck injury and fatality accidents increased in 2016

In Connecticut, accidents that involve large trucks have the potential to be especially catastrophic. A recent report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that these types of accidents increased in 2016 over the number of truck accidents that occurred in 2015.

According to the FMCSA, the number of fatal large truck crashes increased from 4,074 in 2015 that killed 4,094 people to 4,213 in 2016 that killed 4,317 people. Large truck accidents that resulted in injuries increased from 83,000 accidents that injured 116,000 people in 2015 to 104,000 accidents that injured 145,000 people in 2016. A majority of the fatal large truck crashes happened in rural areas at 61 percent.

In 2016, speeding was the leading cause of fatal accidents involving large trucks. The second leading cause of fatal truck crashes during the year was driver inattention and distraction. Hazmat trucks were involved in 4 percent of the fatal crashes but only 2 percent of the nonfatal injury accidents. In 73 percent of the accidents, another vehicle, animal or person entering into the truck drivers' lanes accounted for the critical events that led to the fatal collisions.

Truck accidents may be especially serious because of the difference in sizes and weights of the trucks versus the smaller passenger vehicles that share the roads with them. It is essential for people to exercise caution when they are driving around large trucks. When injury or fatality accidents are caused by the negligence of truck drivers, the victims or their families may be able to hold both the truck drivers and the trucking carriers liable to pay damages by filing civil lawsuits. Experienced truck accident lawyers may analyze the accidents and offer fair assessments about liability. If they agree to represent the victims or the families of people who have been killed, they may work to secure maximal damages on their clients' behalf.

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