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Facts regarding vehicular accidents involving large trucks

| Sep 8, 2015 | Truck Accidents |

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 950 vehicles were involved in a fatal collision in Oklahoma during 2012. Of those crashes that occurred, 13 percent of them, or 124, involved large trucks. This statistic represents 3.3 percent of the total amount of collisions involving large trucks that took place in the United States in 2012.

During the same year, nearly 4,000 individuals within the U.S. died and 104,000 more were injured after they were in an accident involving a large truck. A large truck generally has a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds.

The number of people who died from an accident with a large truck increased by 4 percent from 2011 to 2012. Of the nearly 4,000 deaths in 2012, almost a fifth were truck occupants, and about three-fourths were riding in or driving other types of vehicles. The report also noted that of the total amount of registered vehicles within the U.S., large trucks represent 4 percent of them. In addition, large trucks are responsible for nearly 10 percent of the total amount of fatal motor vehicle crashes. In fatal accidents involving a large truck and just one other kind of vehicle, about 30 percent of them were front-end collisions, according to the report.

People involved in a truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver may suffer significant injuries such as paralysis, brain damage, and permanent scarring or disfigurement. An injured victim may want to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney concerning the recourse that may be available for seeking damages from the responsible parties.

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