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Research shines light on critical aspects of truck accidents

With the number of large trucks on the road in Ohio and across the U.S., it is natural for drivers of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians to be wary of them. Their size and the speeds at which they travel are intimidating enough before considering other factors that can lead to a truck accident. Research is useful to understand these crashes and to take steps to possibly avoid them. Still, the circumstances can make an accident unavoidable. Those who were injured or who lost a loved one in such an accident should also understand these causes for a possible legal filing for compensation.

According to reports, a new study provides key points regarding truck accidents. Most truck accidents in which there is a fatality happen in the daytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The most accidents happen in the 1 p.m. hour. In three years, there were 676 such collisions. Interstate 10 is the worst road in the U.S. for truck accidents. Greater than one-fifth of the truck drivers who were in a fatal accident had previously had at least one conviction for speeding. Truckers failing to yield was the most frequent driver behavior that lead to a fatal crash.

Researchers assessed national statistics from 2015 to 2017. During that time, there were almost 11,000 fatal accidents in which a large truck was involved. More than 12,200 people died. Because trucking is so imperative to the economy and bringing goods back and forth, there are more than 11 million such vehicles registered in the U.S. 9% of fatal accidents involved these trucks in 2017. From 2016 to 2017, there was a nearly 6% increase in fatal crashes with tractor-trailers involved. Crashes with straight trucks rose by nearly 19%. Truckers were not found to have a significant number of drunk drivers who were involved in a fatal accident.

Weekdays are the most common for truck accidents. Most of these collisions happen on the interstate, arterial roads and in rural locations. Occupants of passenger vehicles are the most common fatalities in these accidents. These statistics are understandably worrisome. Trucks are and will presumably always be necessary for the transport of goods. People should be aware of the dangers they face when sharing the road with these large vehicles. A collision with injuries can lead to medical expenses, lost income and extended problems. If there is a fatality, the family must think about how they will move forward without a loved one after truck accidents.

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