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2015 was a deadly year for truck accidents

In Cincinnati and across the nation semi-trucks and buses play an integral role in interstate commerce. Because of semi-trucks, oranges grown in California can reach store shelves in New York. However, truck accidents have the potential to be deadly affairs.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over 4,000 large trucks and buses were involved in a deadly accident in 2015. This is an 8 percent uptick when compared to the number of deadly accidents involving large trucks and buses 2014. The amount of deadly large truck and bus accidents has gone up 26 percent since 2009, but is down from its peak of over 5,000 deadly accidents involving large trucks and buses in 2005.

On average in deadly large truck and bus accidents between 2005 and 2015, intercity buses made up 13 percent of the accidents. Buses -- both transit and school buses -- made up 33 percent and 41 percent of deadly accidents, respectively. In fact, the number of buses involved in deadly accidents went up 11 percent in 2015 from 2014.

In 2015, around 60 percent of all deadly truck accidents took place on rural roads. 25 percent of all deadly truck accidents in 2015 took place on Interstate highways. 83 percent of deadly truck accidents took place on weekdays.

Semi-trucks are immensely heavy, so the sheer laws of physics mean that an accident involving one of these behemoth vehicles has the potential to be more damaging than an accident between two smaller automobiles. And, as the 2015 statistics show, it is not unusual for a semi-truck accident to result in fatalities. Those who are injured in a semi-truck accident or the loved ones of those killed in semi-truck accidents may want to explore their legal options, to determine if they can pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: FMCSA, "Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2015," Accessed April 17, 2017

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