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Fatal truck accidents increased in 2015

Each year, some people in Mississippi are involved in accidents with large trucks. Data that was recently released demonstrates that the number of trucks involved in fatal collisions increased from 2014 to 2015.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,050 large trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds were involved in 3,598 fatal collisions in 2015. This was an increase of 8 percent over the number of large trucks that were involved in fatal collisions in 2014. Sixty percent of the fatal crashes happened on rural roads, and 25 percent happened on interstates across the nation.

During 2015, the FMCSA reports that there were around 415,000 collisions involving large trucks. Of those, 83,000 resulted in injuries of some type. This represented 20 percent of all of the collisions during the year, while the number of fatal crashes represented 1 percent of the total. The involvement of large trucks in crashes per 100 million miles increased to 1.45 per 100 million in 2015 from 1.34 per 100 million miles traveled in 2014.

The FMCSA's data does not indicate the reasons for the increases in large truck fatal accident involvement in 2015. Truck accidents have the potential to cause injuries that are more serious as well as fatalities because of how large and heavy the trucks are. People who are injured in accidents that are caused by commercial trucks might want to consult with personal injury lawyers who are experienced with prosecuting truck accident cases. Attorneys may be able to help their clients by filing civil complaints against the drivers and the trucking carriers for whom they work. They may work throughout the discovery process to negotiate settlements in amounts that fairly compensate their clients. In some cases, the attorneys may fight for their clients through jury trials and to verdicts.

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