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Taking a look at truck accident fatalities

When a truck accident victim passes away, their family may be hit with emotional issues such as depression and anger that they will never recover from. Sadly, an alarming number of people have experienced this firsthand in Houston, Texas, and across the nation. Losing a loved one is never easy, but dealing with loss resulting from a fatal truck accident that could have been prevented is especially hard. For truck drivers and everyone else on the road, understanding some of the factors that play a role in deadly truck crashes and the prevalence of these events is important.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published startling statistics on their site that provide insight into the number of people who have died in a large truck crash. According to the NHTSA, 3,964 lost their lives in large truck accidents in 2013, a slight increase from the year before, in which 3,944 people passed away in these accidents. However, 2013 saw a 13 percent increase in non-occupant fatalities (such as bicyclists and pedestrians) when compared to 2012. Over the course of 2013, 71 percent of people who passed away in a large truck accident were riding in another vehicle, while 11 percent were non-occupants.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are many reasons why large truck accidents occur. For example, truck driver fatigue or inexperience, poor weather, brake issues, traffic congestion, blown out tires and alcohol use all play a role in contributing to the number of deadly large truck crashes that take place and it is important for drivers to realize these dangers in order to prevent more lives from being lost.

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