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Large truck accidents in Virginia

Virginia drivers could potentially benefit from learning more about trends associated with motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks, as described by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There were more than 100,000 people injured accidents associated with large trucks during 2012. More than 3,900 people died in these crashes. According to the NHTSA, there were approximately 330,000 large trucks involved in accidents that same year. Large trucks are classified as those with a gross vehicle weight rating that exceeds 10,000 pounds.

The number of those injured in trucking accidents increased by 18 percent in comparison to the previous year. During 2012, 24 percent of the people injured were riding in trucks, 3 percent were not occupants and 73 percent of those injured were occupants in other vehicles. The number of people killed in these type of accident increased by 4 percent from 2011.The NHTSA shows that 73 percent of the people killed in these accidents were occupants in other vehicles.

In Virginia, there were more than 1,000 vehicles involved in fatal crashes during the year. There were 89 large trucks involved in these accidents, accounting for 8.6 percent of the total. The number of large trucks involved with fatal crashes in Virginia account for 2.3 percent of the national total.

Anyone injured in an accident caused by a large truck may benefit by contacting legal counsel. Lawyers might be able investigate the accident and help identify anyone who can be held accountable for the resulting damages. Plaintiffs in these cases are often entitled to obtain compensation for medical expenses and property damage, as well as any economic or noneconomic hardships caused by the trucking accident.

Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis, "Traffic Safety Facts - Large Trucks", December 27, 2014

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