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Statistics indicate disturbing truck crash trend

Arizona motorists may have more reasons to be concerned about serious truck accidents. Statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that certain kinds of large truck accidents are on the rise, and the consequences can be particularly dangerous for other drivers and passengers on the roads. The size and weight of large trucks often mean that an impact is devastating for smaller motor vehicles and pedestrians.

While large truck accidents have been on the rise, reversing a trend in the early 2000s of declining crash numbers, dump truck and concrete delivery truck crashes are a particular area of concern. In 2016, dump truck crashes serious enough to require a vehicle to be towed from the scene rose by 9 percent, reaching a total of 8,206. At the same time, dump truck accidents causing injuries rose 2.7 percent, reaching 5,483 in the same year. Ready-mix concrete delivery trucks were also linked to an increased number of crashes, rising 9.6 percent to 538; injury accidents involving these vehicles also rose by 3.6 percent. In addition, fatal crashes involving concrete trucks rose to 38, up by five from the prior year.

These statistics have prompted concern throughout the industry. Some have tried to determine causes for the growing danger. Some possible explanations include the rise in distracted driving as well as truck driver fatigue. Attempts to improve the situation through insurance hikes and technological developments have not yet been successful.

Many truck accidents are caused by negligent, dangerous or distracted drivers, but the consequences can be catastrophic or even deadly. Someone who has been injured in a crash by no fault of their own may want to reach out to a personal injury lawyer. Legal counsel could help them seek compensation for damages such as medical bills and lost wages.

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