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Big Trucks Have Big Impact On Oklahoma Drivers

Posted on January 9, 2015

Oklahoma has the fifth highest percentage in the nation of vehicles involved in trucking accidents, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nationwide in 2012, 333,000 trucks were involved in accidents, leading to 104,000 injuries and almost 4,000 fatalities. Of all vehicle accidents in Oklahoma during the same year, 13.1 percent involved tractor-trailers, a rate only eclipsed by Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming.

According to the study, occupants of large trucks were more likely to die in single-vehicle accidents than multi-vehicle collisions. At the same time, 73 percent of all fatal accidents involving semi trucks in 2012 were people in other vehicles. Truck accidents involving injury to the truck’s occupants increased by nearly 9 percent from 2011 to 2012, jumping from 23,000 to 25,000. At the same time, injury to people in other vehicles increased by 11.3 percent, from 15,000 to 17,000.

Large trucks only constitute about 4 percent of the registered vehicles in the nation, but they make up about 9 percent of the nation’s roadway traffic at any given time. They are involved in 8 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities and only 3 percent of accidents involving injury or property damage. Multiple-vehicle accidents are the likeliest cause of large truck-related fatalities.

In the aftermath of a large-truck accident, an attorney would begin by determining whether the truck company, the truck owner or the driver bear the liability for the accident and to what degree. The extent of injuries and loss would be the first step to determining appropriate compensation. Pain and suffering, workers’ compensation and lost wages, medical expenses and even funeral costs in the event of a fatality would likely be elements of demands for compensation.

Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis, “Traffic Safety Facts – Large Trucks“, January 02, 2015

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