For some Ohio drivers, sharing the road with tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks can be a harrowing experience. When passenger cars are involved in crashes with much larger trucks, those riding in smaller vehicles are far more likely to suffer severe injuries or death. The traffic statistics for 2017 could underline the danger. Even as overall fatalities due to traffic accidents dropped by 1.8 percent in 2017, the number of deaths in collisions involving large trucks increased by 9 percent.
In 2017, 37,133 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents; this was a year-on-year decrease of 693 fatalities. However, there were 4,761 people killed in collisions involving large trucks, 392 more than in the previous year. These statistics consider vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds to be large trucks.
In response to the report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a federal administrator from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said that a number of these crashes involved trucks that may not be regulated by his agency, as they weigh less than 26,000 pounds. In particular, he noted that the number of deaths in trucking crashes involving vehicles weighing between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds doubled in 2017.
While motorcyclist, bicyclist and pedestrian deaths due to auto accidents were all down in 2017, trucking accidents bucked that trend. There was an 8.8 percent increase in the number of deaths in multi-vehicle accidents involving large trucks. Furthermore, 116 more occupants of large trucks were killed in crashes, marking an increase of 16 percent.
Someone can experience lifelong disabilities and severe injuries as a result of the actions of a fatigued or negligent truck driver. However, a trucking accident victim can seek compensation for the damages suffered by working with a personal injury lawyer.