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Although figures for 2010 semi truck accidents are still forthcoming, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its full report on 2009 tractor-trailer accident fatalities. The good news is that fatalities in crashes involving semi trucks dropped 20 percent from 2008, from 4,245 in 2008 to 3,380 in 2009. The number of injuries in crashes involving large trucks also decreased, from 90,000 in 2008 to 74,000 in 2009; that’s an 18 percent drop. The bad news, however, is that 18-wheeler accidents continued to have a higher rate of severe injuries and fatalities than other traffic accidents. According to the NHTSA’s 2009 Traffic Safety Facts, semi trucks were more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle collisions than passenger vehicles. In 2009, semi trucks accounted for 7 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes and 3 percent of all vehicles involved in crashes that resulted in injury despite accounting for only 3 percent of all registered vehicles. Sadly, most of the victims in 18-wheeler accidents are occupants of other vehicles. In 2009, 75 percent of the fatalities in semi truck accidents were passengers in other vehicles. Meanwhile, 76 percent of those injured in semi truck accidents in 2009 were occupants of other vehicles. Both of these figures are slight increases over 2008. If you’ve been injured or a family member was killed in a truck accident, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, truck accident attorneys at Long & Long, for a free case evaluation.

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