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Large truck accidents more dangerous for passenger cars

The people most at risk of injury in truck accidents on Louisiana roadways are those traveling in smaller vehicles like passenger cars. A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicated that 69 percent of victims in accidents involving large trucks were occupants of passenger vehicles; only 16 percent of victims were occupants of trucks. Even in cases where the drivers of passenger cars are driving safely, they can still be forced into an accident if the driver of a large truck is not paying attention or is otherwise not utilizing a reasonable standard of care.

Among the most common causes of large truck crashes are weather conditions, the health of the driver, obstacles on the road, fatigue or drowsiness on the part of the driver, long driving hours, mechanical issues and driver distraction. Distraction includes such activities as eating and texting while driving. Accidents involving large trucks are more likely to cause fatalities than other crashes.

Most fatalities that result from truck accidents are fatal to the occupants of passenger cars rather than the trucks. More than 4,300 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes during the year 2015, which represented an increase of 8 percent over 2014. Annually, there are more than 500,000 truck accidents nationwide.

Truck accidents can cause serious harm, but Louisiana's legal system includes rules designed to compensate injured parties. A person who is injured in a truck accident may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages or other damages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help an injured person by examining the facts of the accident and identifying parties that could have liability. An attorney might gather medical records or other evidence in preparation for trial or attempt to negotiate settlement with at-fault drivers and their insurers.

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