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What are some statistics on large truck accidents?

It is not a secret that accidents involving large trucks are usually devastating. Such accidents occur on New York roadways daily. To understand how big the problem really is, it helps to understand the issue on a national scale through looking at statistics. This can enable you to gain an idea of why and how such accidents occur, along with the risks they pose.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, strict government regulations mean alcohol is rarely a factor in large truck accidents. Only about three percent of deaths in 2015 were attributed to drivers with a BAC over.08 percent. Single vehicle truck accidents are not too common either with only 16 percent of deadly crashes involving just the truck in 2015.

The weekend is when it is least likely for you to be involved in a fatal large truck accident. Sunday came in at seven percent and Saturday at ten percent, while weekdays ranged from 15 to 18 percent of accidents in 2015. In addition, night time is also safer. Most of these accidents, 42 percent, occurred from 6 am to 3 pm.

Tractor-trailers are the most dangerous, causing 75 percent of all large truck accidents in 2015. Out of all the fatal accidents in 2015, 11 percent involved a large truck. If you are an occupant of a passenger vehicle involved in an accident with a truck, then things are grim. Of all occupant deaths, 97 percent were passengers in the smaller vehicles. In total, though, 3,852 people died in accidents involving large trucks, of which 69 percent were in passenger vehicles. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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