Truck Fatalities On The Rise

Posted on December 8, 2011

According to news sources, road traffic fatalities relating to trucks have increased in 2010 for the first time since 2005, a new study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found.

The situation is a stark contrast to other statistics released by the NHTSA in the same study, which found that overall road traffic fatalities decreased to a level not seen since 1949. The report details that 3,675 truck-related fatalities took place in 2010, a significant increase than in previous years. In all, truck-related fatalities saw an 8.7 percent increase from the previous year, the report said.

The number of big rigs on the nations roadways has also increased by a reported 41 percent, the study said.

The American Trucking Association said it was “difficult to draw conclusions” and claims that fatal collisions involving large trucks have actually decreased by 35 percent in the years between 1999 through 2009.

As a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles, I find that the conclusions of this study can be useful to motorists and pedestrians alike. I advise you never to leave the scene of an accident. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident, I urge you to contact Los Angeles truck accident lawyer to help you understand the best legal proceedings for your situation.

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