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Large truck accidents and their causes

Connecticut drivers might be interested to learn that, in 2012, truck crashes killed 3,921 people and injured 104,000. There were 333,000 trucks involved in trucking accident cases that year. The majority of people who died in these crashes were in other vehicles at the time of the crash. A majority of serious injuries also involved occupants of other vehicles.

According to the NHTSA, large trucks are more likely to be involved in a multi-vehicle crash, with 81 percent of crashes examined involving more than two vehicles. In nearly a third of the accidents involving only one passenger car and a truck, both vehicles were hit from the front.

In some of these incidents involving negligent truck drivers, there was a measurable blood alcohol amount present. There were also prior speeding convictions in many of these cases. However, truck drivers were statistically less likely to have had their licenses suspended or revoked in the past.

Those involved in such an accident may end up seriously injured. Common injuries include spinal cord injuries, head trauma and broken bones. Many people hurt in this type of accident lose time away from work and run up high medical bills or rehabilitation costs that are difficult to pay without compensation. Some companies require their truck drivers to conform to strenuous schedules that increase the chances of accidents. A company found negligent may be named as a plaintiff in a person injury civil suit. This progress may be expedited by enlisting the aid of a qualified attorney.

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