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Large truck accident statistics

Louisiana residents may be unaware of facts relating to large truck accident statistics. In the United States, 333,000 large trucks, which are vehicles that have a gross weight of over 10,000 pounds, were involved in an accident in 2012. Of the those accidents, 3,921 people were killed and 104,000 people were injured.

Of the people killed in large trucks accidents, nearly three-quarters were the occupants of the other vehicle involved in the accident. About 10 percent of those killed were not riding in a vehicle at all, and 18 percent of fatalities were occupants in the large trucks.

Of those injured in large truck accidents in 2012, nearly three-quarters were occupants in the other vehicle involved in the accident, the same percentage as those other-vehicle occupants that were killed. About 3 percent of those injured were not riding in a vehicle and 24 percent were large truck occupants.

From 2011 to 2012, an increase of 4 percent occurred in the number of people killed in large truck accidents. The number of large truck occupants killed increased by 9 percent, the number of other vehicle occupants that were killed increased by 5 percent and the number of people who were not in a vehicle that were killed decreased by 11 percent.

The number of injuries that were the result of large truck accidents increased by 18 percent from 2011 to 2012. The number of large truck occupants that were injured decreased by 2 percent, the number of occupants of other vehicles that were injured increased by 1 percent, and the number of people who were not in a vehicle that were injured increased by 1 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation , "Large Trucks", October 31, 2014

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