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Truck and other transport accident statistics show rise in deaths

People in Ohio will be accustomed to seeing trucks on the road year-round. These and other vehicles that are used to transport people and goods are expected to be safe and get to their appointed destinations without incident. However, it is unfortunate that road accidents are a part of life whether it is a truck accident, a car accident, a railroad accident or even an aviation and boat accident. People who are injured and lose a loved one in any kind of accident should know about the various statistics of these incidents as it can be an important part of a legal filing seeking compensation.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) states that there was an increase of more than 2,000 fatalities on the nation's roads in 2016 when compared to 2015. Highway fatalities came to more than 95 percent of them overall. In total, there were more than 39,000 fatalities. This is important to people who are driving trucks and those who encounter trucks on the roadways as these vehicles are large, travel at high speed and have drivers who are on the road for extended periods making it possible that other factors will arise leading to a trucking accident.

It is not just road accidents that are problematic. Marine accidents and fatalities rose to 730 from 688. Most were from recreational activities on boats as 96 percent of them stemmed from these situations. There was an increase in deaths on the railroad with 733 fatalities in comparison to 708 in 2015. Aviation fatalities reduced by four to 412. As for U.S. roadways, the fatalities in passenger vehicles increased to 13,412 from 12,761. Since there were so many other fatalities that were not passenger vehicles, the risks of large trucks on the road are clear.

People who see large vehicles on the road should be cognizant of them constantly. The sheer size of these vehicles and other factors make it likely that a crash will cause injuries and fatalities. People who have been hurt in a truck accident will have vast medical expenses, lost time on the job and other problems that can last for an extended period. If there are fatalities, the family left behind will need to learn to live without their loved one's contributions. Often, a lawsuit is the only way to be compensated after truck accidents. A lawyer can help.

Source: thetrucker.com, "Highway deaths lead national increase in transportation fatals, says NTSB," Nov. 21, 2017

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