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Truck accident statistics for 2014

Truck accidents often result in serious injuries or deaths, and many times, the accidents are the fault of negligent or reckless truck drivers. When this occurs, injured victims and the families of victims who died can seek compensation through a civil lawsuit for medical expenses, pain and suffering, final expenses and more.

In 2014, 3,903 people died in accidents involving large trucks. About another 111,000 people were injured. The number of fatalities actually declined by 2 percent from the previous year and 26 percent over a 10-year period. The fatalities in 2014 from large truck accidents broke down to:

-- Non-occupants made up 10 percent.

-- Large truck occupants made up 17 percent.

-- Other vehicle occupants made up 73 percent.

The number of injuries suffered in truck accidents increased 17 percent in 2014 over 2013. Over the previous 10 years, there was a 2 percent decrease in the number of people who were injured.

The injury numbers in 2014 from large truck accidents were as follows:

-- Non-occupants made up 3 percent.

-- Large truck occupants made up 23 percent.

-- Other vehicle occupants made up 74 percent.

Forty-five percent of two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a large truck were head-on collisions. Another 10 percent of the crashes involved one vehicle turning right or left. Nine percent of the crashes occurred when both vehicles were in curves. Seven percent of the crashes occurred when one vehicle was stopped in traffic.

The highest number of large truck involved in fatal crashes occurred in Texas -- 532. The highest number of fatalities in other vehicles and of large trucks also occurred in Texas, with 398 and 114, respectively.

To learn more about large truck accidents and what legal options victims have, please take a look at our webpages.

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