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Serious dump truck, ready mix delivery truck crashes on the rise

Ohio drivers may be concerned to learn that serious crashes involving dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks are on the rise. Meanwhile, a spike in fleet and vehicle insurance premiums has failed to reverse the trend.

According to the latest data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, dump truck crashes serious enough to require the vehicle to be towed jumped by 9 percent in 2016 with 8,206 reported incidents. Dump truck crashes causing injuries also rose by 2.7 percent with 5,483 reported incidents. However, fatal crashes involving dump trucks dipped slightly from 369 in 2015 to 367 in 2016. Meanwhile, ready-mix concrete delivery crashes requiring towing spiked by 9.6 percent in 2016 with 838 reported incidents. Injury accidents involving concrete mixing trucks jumped by 3.8 percent. Finally, fatal accidents involving concrete mixing trucks increased from 33 in 2015 to 38 in 2016.

In the early 2000s, federal regulators and insurance companies made a push to improve traffic safety for large trucks, which resulted in a significant drop in accidents, injuries and deaths. However, accident rates began climbing again due to a number of factors, including cellphone-related distracted driving, speeding and by-the-load truck driver incentives. As a result, federal regulators and traffic safety advocates are pushing trucking companies to enact policies that limit driver fatigue and to use technologies that monitor driver performance.

Victims of truck accidents often suffer permanent disabilities that leave them unable to work. In order to obtain compensation for their losses, some victims may need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible truck driver or trucking company. If successful, this type of suit might lead to a settlement that covers current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, property loss and more. Victims may be able to learn more about their legal options by speaking with an attorney.

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