While many people think of semi trucks when it comes to large truck crashes, it is important to keep in mind that there are other types of large trucks that can be just as dangerous, such as delivery trucks, logging and construction vehicles as well as buses, to name a few. Unfortunately, all large truck accidents can cause severe injuries and even result in the loss of life. At Beebe and O’Neil, we are very familiar with the multitude of hardships large truck crashes have caused in New London, and other cities throughout Connecticut.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were fewer fatal bus accidents in 2012 when compared to 2002. However, 251 buses were involved in deadly wrecks over the course of the year. Between 2002 and 2012, 41 percent of all fatal bus crashes involved a school bus, 34 percent involved a transit bus and 13 percent involved an intercity bus, on average.
During 2012, 61 percent of large trucks involved in a deadly wreck were pulling one trailer, three percent had two trailers and under 0.1 percent had three trailers. To make matters worse, large trucks may be carrying hazardous materials or dangerous chemicals, making an accident even more perilous. Not only are large trucks massive, but there are other factors that make these wrecks especially troubling, such as driver fatigue and the amount of time it takes a truck driver to slow down.
If you head over to our page on truck accidents, you will find additional material concerning large truck wrecks.