We often talk about the dangers of truck accidents, and how they can cause serious injury or even death to nearly every victim. But you don’t have to take our word for it. The number of fatal truck injuries is clearly tracked and has been for many years, and the data may be very concerning.
In 2013, more than 3,600 people were killed in large truck crashes all across the country, including Massachusetts. This number is nearly 15 percent higher than it was back in 2009; however, the good news is that this number is still relatively low compared to the number of fatalities over the last few decades. Of those who were killed in large truck accidents, only 16 percent were occupants of the truck itself. More than 65 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles and other cars, and another 15 percent were pedestrians and cyclists.
What this data indicates is that while truck accident fatalities are less common than they were in the past, those who are most severely victimized are still other drivers and individuals. Truck drivers are almost never killed in large truck accidents, and they are also rarely injured, which is why it is so important for victims of a truck accident to seek legal assistance.
Legal assistance can help you make a claim to be compensated based on your injuries, because as the data indicates, you are much more likely to suffer serious or fatal injury in the event of a truck accident. The law is very clear, and you do not have to pay for mistakes that were not yours. If you were not at fault in a truck accident that injured you or claimed the life of someone you love, please do not hesitate to consult with an attorney.