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Crashes Involving Large Trucks—Who’s Usually At Fault, Kentucky?

Matthew L. White
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Founder & Partner of Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm Gray & White Law
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If you pass a Kentucky traffic accident involving a large truck, and you think, “Those darn truck drivers think they own the road!” then you are about to have your eyes opened.

In June 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) put out a study titled Large Truck Crash Overview 2010. Using data from this study, let’s take a look at what causes these accidents.

  • Of both fatal and nonfatal large truck crashes in 2010, adverse weather conditions (usually rain) reportedly contributed to 14 percent.
  • The first harmful event in 76 percent of fatal and 80 percent of nonfatal accidents involving large trucks was collision with another vehicle; of these, 91 percent of fatal and 94 percent of nonfatal crashes involved passenger vehicles.
  • Of the fatal two-vehicle crashes between a large truck and a passenger vehicle, 398 were head-on and 318 were rear-end collisions.

-   The passenger vehicle crossed the center line in 87 percent, while the large truck in only 13 percent, of the fatal head-on collisions.

-   The passenger vehicle hit the rear of the large truck in 76 percent, while the large truck hit the rear of the passenger vehicle in only 24 percent, of fatal rear-end crashes.

  • The first harmful event was rollover in four percent of fatal and two percent of nonfatal wrecks involving large trucks.
  • A large truck was involved in 22 percent of all fatal crashes that occurred in work zones, where construction, maintenance, or utility activity was going on.

If you have been injured in a Kentucky traffic accident involving a large truck, contact the Louisville truck accident lawyers at Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

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