Drivers in Nebraska may be interested in knowing how safe a large truck may be on the highway. The definition of a large truck is any vehicle that is rated to weigh more than 10,000 pounds. In 2012, there was a 4 percent increase in fatalities involving large trucks and a 5 percent increase in fatalities for those occupying other vehicles involved in the crash.
Statistics also indicated that there was a 9 percent increase in the number of fatalities involving occupants within the truck. Injuries from crashes involving large trucks increased 18 percent to 104,000 from 88,000 in 2011. Of those who were injured, 97 percent were either in the truck or occupants of one of the other vehicles involved in the crash.
Out of occupants of large trucks killed in crashes, 11 percent of the fatalities came from single-vehicle crashes. This percentage stayed the same when compared to statistics from 2011. Occupants of large trucks comprised 16 percent of injured people in multi-vehicle crashes compared to just 9 percent in crashes that involved just a single vehicle. Pedestrians and other nonoccupants involved in crashes with large trucks made up 10 percent of those killed and 3 percent of those injured in 2012.
Those who are injured in truck accidents may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills and other expenses. The family members of those killed in such crashes may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the driver who causes the crash. In either case, it may be worthwhile to work with an attorney who might guide an individual through the legal process. An attorney may also be able to negotiate a settlement outside of court that could expedite the process of receiving compensation.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation , “Large Trucks“, May, 2014