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Why are trucks dangerous in passenger-vehicle accidents?

When you're on the roads, you might be wary of large trucks or commercial vehicles that pass you or travel alongside you. You aren't alone; these vehicles can cause serious damage when they aren't handled safely.

If you're in an accident with one of these vehicles, you have the chance to make a claim against the driver or his employer. With summer approaching and more trucks heading out, knowing some facts about the risk of injury and crashes could help you stay informed and aware of the risks you face when you're on the highway or other roadways, so you can avoid getting into a car accident.

Are the number of truck crashes decreasing?

Between 2013 and 2014, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks decreased by 4.5 percent. This decrease had been happening over time for a long period; in fact, between 2004 and 2009, the number of injury crashes involving trucks dropped by 37 percent. However, there was a temporary increase between 2009 and 2014, which is why truck safety and additional regulations had to be put into place following that time frame.

Why are trucks so dangerous when they're involved in car accidents?

Large trucks weigh a significant amount more than a car and may carry heavy loads that could fall off the back of the truck on impact. Some trucks carry hazardous materials as well, which could result in explosions or other damage if they leak. It's not uncommon for larger trucks to crush passenger vehicles in accidents, making them particularly dangerous to those involved.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts," accessed June 03, 2016

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