Deadly tractor-trailer crashes becoming more common

There was an alarming increase in the number of fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers and buses in West Virginia and around the country in 2015 according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Statistics indicates that 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in deadly crashes in 2015, which is a worrying 8 percent increase over the 2014 figures according to the federal safety watchdog.

The large truck involvement rate also increased by 8 percent in 2015 according to the FMCSA report. This figure represents how often commercial vehicles are involved in fatal accidents for each 100 million miles traveled. A 7 percent increase in road deaths overall in 2015 was largely put down to increased vehicle traffic by the National Safety Council, but the FMCSA report reveals that the distance covered by tractor-trailers in 2015 increased by a mere 0.3 percent.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began compiling the Fatality Analysis Reporting data used by the FMCSA to compile its report in 1975. The deadliest year on record for fatal commercial truck accidents was 2005 when 5,231 buses and trucks crashed. This number fell by more than a third between 2005 and 2009 due in part to stricter regulations, improved safety features and more aggressive enforcement.

The FMCSA uses FARS data to identify road safety trends and develop more effective regulations. When these regulations are ignored by truck drivers and accidents result, occupants of other vehicles who have been injured might want to have a lawyer seek appropriate compensation on their behalf through a lawsuit filed against the negligent trucker.

Source: National Public Radio, "2015 Traffic Fatalities Rose By Largest Percent In 50 Years, Safety Group Says", Bill Chappell, Feb. 18, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Tell Us About Your Legal Issue

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

This site uses Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA, which is subject to Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Email Us For A Response

Three Convenient Office Locations

Charleston Office
746 Myrtle Rd
Charleston, WV 25314

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Charleston Law Office Map

Beckley Office
101 N. Kanawha St
Suite 101
Beckley, WV 25801

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Beckley Law Office Map

Morgantown Office
453 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive
Suite 300
Morgantown, WV 26505

Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Toll Free: 866-587-0167
Phone: 304-881-0637
Phone: 304-881-0637
Morgantown Law Office Map

Get Answers Today
Get The Answers You Need And The Advice You Deserve