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A brief look at truck crash statistics

Every day, people are involved in traffic accidents across the country. From pedestrian accidents to motorcycle collisions, these incidents take a variety of forms. Tragically, crashes that involve a large truck are especially likely to result in the loss of life or a significant injury in Louisville, Kentucky, and all over the U.S. Between the massive size of semi trucks and the length of time that is often required to a truck driver to slow down, the outcome of a large truck wreck is often devastating.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over 4,300 large trucks were part of a deadly traffic accident during 2015. Although the frequency of deadly large truck collisions decreased from 2005 until 2009, there were 20 percent more of these tragic accidents over the course of 2009 through 2015. On top of the loss of lives, a sizable number of people are also seriously hurt in these collisions.

During 2014, 88,000 large trucks were part of a traffic collision that resulted in an injury. From broken bones to incurring medical costs and severe physical pain, the repercussions of these collisions can affect victims in countless ways. Sadly, even those who were able to survive a major accident may still find their lives completely upended afterward.

There are many reasons these accidents will continue to happen, such as drug or alcohol use, truck driver fatigue and poor weather, to name only a few. However, truck drivers and trucking companies who are responsible for shattering lives should have to answer for what they have done.

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