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Lessons to Learn from the Increasing Number of Semi-Truck Accident Fatalities

At the beginning of a new year, we often reflect back on the last year to determine how many traffic accidents occurred in Northern Kentucky, throughout the Bluegrass State, and nationwide. While any traffic accident and fatality on our nation’s roadways is a tragedy, wrecks involving large commercial trucks are a huge concern due to the sheer size and weight of a semi-truck.

According to an announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the NHTSA report released at the end of last year showed a 1.9% increase in the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2011, for a total of 3,757 deaths—up from 2010 where there were 3,686 deaths related to truck accidents. The 2011 statistics include:

  • 635 truck occupants died in truck wrecks.
  • There were 3,122 deaths of motorcyclists, pedestrians, and all other motorists.
  • There were 3,757 total highway deaths related to large trucks.

The sharpest increase in fatalities and injuries was seen in truck occupants, including truck drivers and their passengers. In 2010, 530 truck occupants were killed and 20,000 were injured. In 2011, 635 truck occupants died (up 20%) and 23,000 were injured (up 15%).

Although trucking accident fatalities increased across this country, the NHTSA report revealed that total highway deaths fell nationwide to 32,367 in 2011—making it the lowest number of nationwide roadway fatalities since 1949 and a 1.9% decrease from 2010.

What Do These Numbers Have to with Kentucky Crashes?

Northern Kentucky motorists also witnessed a decline in highway deaths as 720 people died in 2011, compared to 760 people who lost their lives on Northern Kentucky roads in 2010. While the total number of fatal traffic accidents nationwide declined in 2011, recent information from Kentucky police departments indicate that the number of fatal crashes in Kentucky has increased in 2012.

The preliminary numbers of fatal accidents throughout Kentucky shows an increase in fatal accidents in 2012, with 737 deaths. Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties saw a 43% increase in traffic fatalities, with Boone County sustaining the highest increase in fatal crashes and reporting 19 traffic fatalities in 2012, compared to 10 in 2011.

Where Do We Go from Here?

Kentuckians and motorists all across the nation need to be aware of the fact that more trucks are returning to the roads as the economy improves and that speed limits have increased in some parts of the country. Additionally, driver distractions are at an all-time high.

If you have been injured, or if your loved one was killed in a Northern Kentucky auto accident, you need to seek legal representation immediately. Find out how an experienced Northern Kentucky personal injury law firm can help you seek justice and just compensation. Call the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 for a complimentary, confidential consultation today.

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