Truck crash deaths rose last year

Ohio accidents involving large truck may be particularly deadly, especially for occupants of smaller passenger vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's report on vehicles crashes for 2016, accordingly, is alarming. The NHTSA found that fatalities from truck accidents rose in 2016.

Deaths from large truck accidents rose from 4,094 in 2015 to 4,317 in 2016. This figure was 3,908 in 2014. The 2016 rate was the highest since 2007. In 2016, 17 percent or 722 deaths, were truck occupants. Occupants of other vehicles constituted 72 percent of these deaths while nonoccupants of vehicles were 11 percent.

The NHTSA has not completed its investigation of injuries attributed to large truck accidents last year. In 2015, 116,000 people suffered injuries in thee crashes while 111,000 were injured in 2014. Overall, there were 37,461 deaths in all vehicle accidents in this country in 2016. This was a 5.6 percent increase from the 35,485 deaths for 2015.

Vehicles crashes, according to the NHTSA, were the leading cause of death for children who are 10-years-old and at every age from 16 to 23-years-old in 2015. There were 102 people killed each day in vehicle crashes last year in this country.

Fatalities attributed to distracted driving declined from 3,526 in 2015 to 3,450 last year. However, deaths attributed to drunk driving increased 1.7 percent from 10,320 in 2015 to 10,497 in 2016. Each day last year, there were 29 deaths from drunk driving.

In Ohio, the number of fatalities for all vehicle crashes rose two percent from 110 in 2015 to 1,132 last year. Alcohol-related deaths also rose 4.9 percent from 309 in 2015 to 324 during that period.

This report demonstrates that deaths from large truck accidents, and other vehicle crashes, continue to be a deadly hazard. Victims of an accident caused by a drunk or negligent driver should seek prompt legal representation to assure that they can obtain evidence and timely file a lawsuit for compensation.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "2016 Fatal motor vehicle crashes: Overview" and "Quick facts 2016," accessed on Oct. 9, 2017

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