Large trucks can be seen all over Pennsylvania. These vehicles are essential in the state's economy. In fact, without commercial trucks many of the consumer goods that people have come to enjoy would be unavailable or much more expensive. Despite the benefits of commercial trucks, they do come at a cost.
These large trucks are often responsible for devastating truck accidents. Even minor accidents with these large trucks can result in serious physical damage to the truck and any other vehicles involved in the accident. These truck accidents often lead to serious injuries and fatalities.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration takes a great interest in trying to making the trucking industry in the United States as safe as possible. By adopting safety regulations and training requirements, the FMCSA hopes to prevent serious truck accidents. The FMCSA also tracks data about truck accidents in order to observe trends and determine if safety initiatives are working.
The latest reports are based from the year 2014. They show that in 2014 there were 3,744 fatal truck accidents. This was down five percent from the previous year. However, the number of truck accidents involving injuries increased by 21 percent from the previous year. In 2014, there were 88,000 truck accidents that resulted in injuries across the United States.
Truck accident data can be important in determining how safe people are on Pennsylvania roads. However, they do very little to protect citizens from car accidents or compensate people who have been injured in truck accidents. Through a personal injury suit, people can receive compensation for the injuries sustained in a truck accident. An attorney may be able to help people to get this compensation when a negligent truck driver or truck company causes a car accident.