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Report from FMCSA reveals large-truck fatalities info

Motorists in Ohio who are concerned about road safety should be aware that the number of trucks that were factors in fatal crashes in 2016 rose by three percent from 2015. This is according to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 2016 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report that was released in May 2016. The report also states that for 73 percent of the truck-involved crashes that resulted in fatalities, the main contributing event that occurred before the crash was an animal, a person, another vehicle or object that was either occupying the truck's lane or intruding into it.

The FMCSA report provides the most current and detailed analysis of crashes. To make sure that the information they were providing was the most accurate, the agency delayed the creation of the report by a year after the initial statistics were publicized.

According to the report, the number of large trucks that were involved in fatal crashes grew to 4,213 in 2016 from 4,074 in 2015. This is while the rate of large-truck involvement, or the large trucks in deadly crashes for every 100 million miles traveled by the large trucks, stayed the same at 1.46.

The number of deaths that resulted from large-truck crashes that occurred in 2016 was 4,317, an increase from the 4,094 deaths that were reported for 2015. Those fatalities that occurred in 2016 included 722 occupants of large trucks, which was also an increase from the 665 similar fatalities recorded in 2015.

A personal injury attorney may work to obtain financial compensation on behalf of clients who sustain injuries in truck accidents. Truck drivers may be sued for driving while drowsy, distracted or drunk. The negligent parties may be held liable for causing accidents that resulted in lost wages, permanent disabilities, crush injuries and pain and suffering.

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