Philadelphia drivers may be interested in a look at some statistics regarding fatal trucking accidents. The data shows that the rate of fatal accidents has increased.
A study by the U.S. Department of Transportation gives a look into some of the statistics regarding fatal accidents and injuries involving large trucks. The data, from 2012, shows that almost 4,000 people were killed in collisions that included at least one large truck. In the same year, 104,000 people on the roads were injured in the same type of truck accident. Both of these statistics represent an increase from the year before. The numbers for 2012 fatalities show a 4 percent rise from the prior year while the number of injuries represents a staggering 18 percent increase. In both cases, the great majority of those killed or injured were the occupants of other vehicles involved, not the driver or occupant of the truck.
On the other hand, drivers of large trucks were far less likely to have a blood alcohol content that was measured above the legal limit than other vehicle drivers, such as smaller trucks, motorcycles and passenger cars. These drivers also had a smaller incidence of prior license suspension before a fatal truck accident. However, drivers of large trucks had a slightly higher rate of speeding convictions prior to a fatal crash than those of passenger car drivers.
When a driver of a large truck is operating the vehicle in a negligent manner, that driver or their employer may be responsible for a fatal accident. The loved ones of a person killed in an accident may have a claim for wrongful death damages against the responsible party. An attorney may be able to help bring a legal action in civil court.