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Trucking accident statistics highlight dangers on highways

(This is an excellent Personal Injury Law Article by Attorney Ken Shigley . This article is approved by Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer ,David Slepkow)

We often see the tragic outcomes of catastrophic trucking accidents in my Atlanta-based law practice. Therefore, when I travel on the highways I am notice the minority of truckers who ignore safety rules. Usually they get by with it, without a bad outcome, but slackness about safety will almost inevitably lead to catastrophe sooner or later.

Some people , of course, think that statistics are irrelevant to them simply because they are unique and bad things only happen to others. Many of them eventually become statistics themselves.

Truck Accident Posts Provided by Attorney David Slepkow:

I often wind up representing truckers who are injured by other truckers, as well as people in small vehicles who are hit by large trucks.

The statistics about the hazards in trucking are impressive. Data collected by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) reported the following National Crash Facts for 2008:

* 4,066 large trucks and 247 buses were involved in crashes resulting in fatalities

* There were 4,229 fatalities in crashes involving large trucks and 307 fatalities in crashes involving buses

* 129,653 large trucks and 14,045 buses were involved in non-fatal crashes

* 51,680 large trucks and 7,603 buses were involved in crashes resulting in injury

* There were 71,329 injuries in crashes involving large trucks and 17,148 injuries in crashes involving buses

* 77,973 large trucks and 6,442 buses were involved in tow-away crashes

* 2,641 large trucks and 11 buses were involved in Hazmat (HM) Placard crashes

If you or a loved one have been injured by negligence in operation of a large commercial truck in or from Georgia, contact us today to determine whether you have a claim.

Article Authored by Ken Shigley:

Ken Shigley, author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice, is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” (Atlanta Magazine), among the “Legal Elite” (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He practices law at the Atlanta law firm of Chambers, Aholt & Rickard, and has broad experience in catastrophic personal injury, spinal cord injury, wrongful death, products liability, brain injury and burn injury cases. He is also president-elect of the State Bar of Georgia. Ken and This post is subject to our ethical disclaimer.

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