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Looking at large truck crash data

New York residents may be interested to learn that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released statistics for large truck and bus crashes that took place in 2015. According to the data, 20 percent of the 415,000 police-reported large truck accidents involved an injury while 1 percent of the accidents were fatal.

Of all fatal single-vehicle accidents reported in 2015, 20 percent were fatal. More than 60 percent of the fatal truck and bus crashes involved two vehicles. The majority of fatal truck and bus accidents occurred on rural roads with only about 25 percent occurring on Interstate highways. The FMCSA also found that an overwhelming number of both fatal and nonfatal accidents occurred during the weekdays. These percentages were 83 percent and 89 percent respectively.

The FMCSA also released information on commercial truck drivers and motorists who were involved in truck crashes. The FMCSA found that 5 percent of the 3,996 drivers involved in fatal truck accidents in 2015 were 25 years old or younger while another 5 percent were 66 years old or older. Only about 2 percent of drivers who were operating large trucks were female. The FMCSA further found that 33 percent of fatal large truck accidents in 2015 had at least one driver-related factor.

Due to the relative size of most commercial trucks, motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians who become involved in a truck accident are likely to suffer serious or even fatal injuries. If it was found that the crash was caused by an inattentive truck driver or one who was speeding, impaired, or otherwise negligent, an attorney could help victims seek appropriate compensation.

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