While last week’s post covered the number of large trucks involved in accidents resulting in injuries, it is also important to realize just how many people are injured in these incidents. In New London, and communities across the state of Connecticut, injuries sustained in a truck wreck can lead to a vast array of challenges, from physical pain and medical bills to a lifelong disability. As a result, it is important for truck drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists as well as those who drive other vehicles to make prevention a top priority.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that roughly 95,000 were hurt in a large truck crash in 2013, according to estimates. Although this figure represents a decrease in comparison to 2012, when approximately 104,000 suffered injuries, a startling number of lives were still turned upside down. Among those hurt in these large truck collisions, statistics reveal that 25 percent were riding in a large truck, two percent were a non-occupant and 72 percent of the people who suffered injuries were riding in another vehicle.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are many reasons why large truck collisions happen. For those who drive a semi and everyone else who shares the road with large trucks, recognizing the risks associated with these crashes is essential. For example, drivers who speed or operate a vehicle while tired have a higher likelihood of crashing. However, there are many other truck accident causes, such as poor vehicle maintenance, inexperienced drivers, icy roads and blown out tires.