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Truck accident injuries are more common than you might think, with 104,000 people injured in truck crashes in 2012, according to the latest report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
That's an 18 percent increase in the number of injuries compared to 2011, when 88,000 people were hurt in truck crashes, according to NHTSA. Truck accident fatalities also increased by 4 percent, from 3,781 in 2011 to 3,921 in 2012, the latest year for which data were available.
So who fares worse in truck accidents: truck drivers or occupants of other vehicles?
Truck Accident Injury, Fatality Rates
When cars and trucks collide, the chances for a serious injury or fatality increase significantly. And while this often can mean bad news for the truck's driver, it more likely means injury or death for car drivers and passengers.
Of the 104,000 truck-crash injuries in 2012:
NHTSA also found that of the 3,971 fatal truck crashes in 2012:
These figures show that when it comes to truck crashes, drivers and passengers of other vehicles are nearly three times more likely to be injured than truck drivers and truck occupants.
Those in other vehicles are also four times more likely to be killed in a truck crash, as compared to occupants of large trucks.
Other Notable Findings
In addition, the NHTSA report also found that:
For those involved in a truck accident, statistically you're not alone. As there are many ways to sue for truck accident injuries, your best bet is to call an experienced truck accident attorney today to discuss your legal options.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.