Louisiana motorists may be concerned to learn that fatal large truck accidents are on the rise. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 4,213 fatal collisions involving large trucks in 2016, compared to 4,074 in 2015.
The FMCSA reports that there were 11.5 million large trucks, or trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds, on U.S. roads in 2016. Despite an increase in fatal accidents that year, the large truck involvement rate was 1.46 per 100 million miles traveled, which is the same as it was in 2015. Of the 4,317 people killed in large truck accidents in 2016, 722 were occupants of the truck. Over 40 percent of the truck occupants who died were not wearing a seat belt.
While speeding was the most common cause of fatal large truck crashes in 2016, distracted or inattentive driving came in at second. Two percent of the truck drivers involved were legally impaired, meaning they had a blood alcohol content level above .08. According to the FMCSA, 73 percent of all fatal large truck collisions involved another object, such as a vehicle, pedestrian or animal, either in or encroaching into the truck's lane. In addition to fatal accidents, large trucks were involved in 104,000 injury crashes that caused 145,000 non-fatal injuries.
Truck driver negligence causes thousands of serious crashes each year. Examples of truck driver negligence include speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving. An attorney could help the victim of a truck accident file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver. This action could lead to a financial settlement.