New evidence shows that 2010 may have been a slightly better year for truck accident victims, but 2011 was still a far cry from the devastation caused by fatal truck wrecks 10 years earlier. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently released a comprehensive study outlining trends regarding fatal truck accidents in 2011.
The short-term statistics show a slight (3 percent) increase in fatal accidents from 2011 over 2010. However, the number of fatal truck wrecks is still markedly lower than 10 years ago. In 2001, the fatality rate from truck accidents was 25 percent higher than in 2011. Those statistics, suggesting a downward trend, aren’t just a fluke. The fatality rate in 2008 was also 12 percent higher than in 2011.
Fatal accidents aren’t the only wrecks seeing a little relief in recent years. In 2011, truck accidents involving injury were down 30 percent from 10 years earlier. Even property damage resulting from truck accidents decreased 34 percent over that same 10-year period.
Of course, these statistics are little comfort if you or a loved one has recently been the victim of a Maryland truck accident. Such accidents occur less often than they did several years ago, but it only takes one devastating crash to turn a whole family’s life upside down.
If you’ve been injured in a Maryland truck accident or lost someone you love in a truck wreck, you may be eligible for compensation to pay for medical expenses, as well as the pain and suffering associated with the accident. For more information or to request a free consultation with an experienced Southern Maryland truck accident lawyer, call Nickelsporn and Lundin today at 800-875-9700.