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During 2014, passenger vehicle occupants represented 97 percent of truck accident fatalities

Anyone who, while driving, has ever passed a large commercial truck may have experienced a bit of anxiety. The sheer size and weight of large tractor trailers coupled with the often sizable loads they're carrying can be intimidating to drivers of compact cars and cargo vans alike. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute indicates that drivers of passenger vehicles have good reason to fear sharing the road with commercial trucks as "most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants."

The average commercial truck weighs upwards of 30 times more than the average passenger car. Additionally, after applying the brakes, a loaded commercial truck may travel up to 40 percent farther than the average passenger car. These two factors alone are cause for concern for drivers and passengers of smaller passenger vehicles who, during 2014, represented 97 percent of truck accident fatalities.

During 2014, a total of 3,660 people died in accidents involving large trucks. While this figure represents a 56 percent decrease as compared to the number of fatalities reported during the record-high year of 1979 when 6,539 people were killed; it is higher than the annual truck fatality rates reported during the last five previous years.

Crash data shows that during 2014, 59 percent of truck accident deaths occurred along "major roads other than Interstates and freeways and 31 percent on highways and Interstates. The most-deadly times of day to share the road with large trucks was between noon and 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday was the most-deadly day to share the road with large trucks while Sunday was least deadly.

The U.S. commercial trucking industry is highly regulated and there are rules by which trucking companies and truck drivers are required to abide related to regular vehicle inspection and maintenance, drug and alcohol testing, hours of service rules and accurate log books. Unfortunately, as these numbers prove not all trucking employers or individual drivers abide by these rules.

Individuals who have been injured in or who have lost a loved one in a truck accident would be wise to discuss their case with an attorney. In many of these cases, a defendant is found to have violated important safety laws and should therefore be held accountable for their negligence.

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