Most Georgia drivers appreciate the need to exercise caution when driving on the interstate. Extra caution is often needed when driving alongside large dump trucks or concrete delivery trucks. Statistics show that there has been an increase in the number of serious accidents involving these types of large vehicles.
In 2016, there was a 9 percent increase in the number of accidents involving dump trucks that required a vehicle to be towed away from the scene of the accident. During that same year, the number of dump truck accidents that involved injuries jumped to 5,483. This represents a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year, according to statistics provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
It was basically the same story with ready-mix concrete delivery trucks. In 2016, there were 838 accidents that required a vehicle to be towed away. This was a 9.6 percent increase over the previous year. In 2016, accidents that caused injuries jumped by 3.8 percent. While there was an increase in the number of serious dump truck accidents, fatal accidents dropped from 369 in 2015 to 367 in 2016.
In the early 2000s, efforts by federal regulators, improvements in technology and initiatives by insurance companies led to a substantial decrease in the number of accidents. However, thanks in part to speeding, driving while using a cell phone, driving distracted and other dangerous practices that may be motivated by load incentives, the number of crashes are on the rise again.
The victim of a truck accident may sustain injuries, loss of property or even a fatality. A personal injury attorney could help a victim gather the information needed to get compensation for their injuries or losses. They may interact with insurance companies or represent their client in court.