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Large truck accidents in Missouri

Data from 2015's Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report indicates that the number of large trucks involved in crashes has increased significantly. Nearly 3,600 large trucks, those weighing over 10,000 pounds, were involved in fatal accidents in 2015. The study, which was conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, also indicates that the number of accidents per 100 million vehicle miles traveled rose as well as truck occupant fatalities.

Of the 415,000 reported crashes involving large trucks, 1 percent involved a death, and about a fifth resulted in an injury of some kind. The report also shows that both the number of trucks in deadly accidents and the number of accidents per 100 million vehicle miles rose by 8 percent.

Truck occupant fatalities also rose by 2 percent, resulting in 667 deaths. The report showed that just shy of two-thirds of accidents took place on rural roads while a quarter occurred on interstate highways. Most accidents involved two vehicles, and about a fifth involved a truck and a pedestrian, cyclist or individual on a non-motorized vehicle.

If a motorist or pedestrian is hit by a truck, they might be able to seek compensation for expenses related to the accident. Companies that use truck drivers are regulated, and they are required to ensure that vehicles are properly maintained and that drivers only work for a certain amount of time each week. If a company is not following these regulations, it may be liable for an accident. A lawyer could assist a victim in seeking compensation from a trucking company.

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