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West Virginia among top 10 states known for fatal truck crashes

According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, West Virginia is among the top ten states where drivers are most likely to become involved in a fatal truck accident. West Virginia came in at number 10, preceded by a number of rural states, with North Dakota at the top of the list.

The data used in the report was taken from 2012, during which year there was a total of 3,921 fatal accidents involving large trucks nationwide. That was a four percent increase from 2011, and an 18 percent increase from 2009. Interestingly, the number of registered large trucks decreased over 6 percent between 2009 and 2011. 

Although, as the NHTSA points out, drivers of large trucks are less likely to drive drunk or have had previous suspensions or revocations, the damage they can do in a crash is significantly greater. Among the causes of large truck accidents is driver fatigue, which federal regulators have sought to address by passing hours-of-service rules that require break times and limit behind-the-wheel time for truckers.

Truck drivers and trucking companies are, of course, responsible for complying with federal regulations, but don’t always do so. Authorities do their best to weed out bad drivers and companies, but unfortunately people sometimes die before violations are discovered.

Those who’ve been harmed in an accident involving a large truck do well to consult a personal injury attorney to determine the possibilities for recovery and the most efficient legal action they can take. 

Source: Cars.com, “Where Are You Most Likely to Die in a Truck Crash?,” Matt Scmitz, March 3, 2014.  

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