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Assessing truck accident statistics

When a semi truck accident takes place, those involved may experience various misfortunes, from serious injuries to costly hospital bills and loss of life. In Ocala, Florida, and all over the United States, far too many people are injured or killed in a truck accident each year and it is important to recognize the prevalence of these crashes. While any type of traffic collision presents hazards, those involving a large truck are often particularly perilous. Also, there are a number of factors that increase the likelihood of these accidents. For example, some truck drivers spend too much time on the road, resulting in truck driver fatigue that may cause an accident.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, roughly 317,000 large truck accidents were reported to law enforcement in 2012. During the same year, more than 3,800 large trucks were involved in a fatal truck accident. Clearly, truck accidents are a widespread problem and pose a significant risk to those involved.

A fact sheet published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sheds light on the number of people who are killed or injured in a truck accident every year. The NHTSA reports that among large truck accidents in 2012, 2,843 people who were riding in other vehicles lost their life, 381 non-occupants (such as bicyclists and pedestrians) passed away and 697 large truck occupants died. Furthermore, large truck accidents caused roughly 104,000 people to suffer injuries in 2012. In order to prevent truck accidents from claiming more lives, it is imperative for everyone on the road to realize the dangers.

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