Large truck collisions often lead to devastating consequences, such as permanent disabilities that leave victims with an inability to work and severe emotional distress. Tragically, they also cause victims to pass away far too often in Kentucky and across the U.S. Those who are required to operate a bus or a large truck should understand the potential risks they face every time they get behind the wheel and the serious consequences associated with a crash. Sadly, these accidents will continue to happen due to truck driver fatigue, intoxication, and a host of other problems.
According to information published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 4,311 buses and large trucks involved in a fatal accident during 2015. Moreover, the period between 2009 and 2015 saw a noticeable increase in the number of fatal truck wrecks in comparison to 2005 to 2009, the FMCSA reports (there were 20 percent more deadly truck collisions between 2009 and 2015). Setting aside fatal accidents, many people suffer injuries in these wrecks as well. In fact, 87,000 large trucks were involved in an accident that resulted in an injury during 2015.
Fatal truck crashes often create many problems for the loved ones of those who lose their lives. Not only do families often face challenges due to funeral costs and other expenses, but some may find that life never returns to normal from an emotional or financial standpoint. As a result, reckless truck drivers whose poor decisions have led to the loss of life should have to answer for the pain their actions cause.