While the total number of deaths from auto accidents dropped in Georgia and across the country between 2016 and 2017, fatalities increased for crashes involving large trucks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,133 people were killed in car crashes in 2017, a reduction from the 2016 death toll of 37,806. However, crashes involving large trucks or tractor-trailers, specifically those weighing more than 10,000 pounds, took the lives of 4,761 people in 2017. This was a rise of 392 deaths from the previous year.

An administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said that many of these cases involved heavy trucks that weigh less than 26,000 pounds. Some of these vehicles are not regulated by the FMCSA. In addition, truck crash fatalities involving vehicles weighing 10,000 to 14,000 pounds doubled between 2016 and 2017.

Deaths also rose in multi-vehicle accidents involving large trucks, with 280 more fatalities in 2017. Even the number of people inside large trucks who lost their lives increased by16 percent increase. The increase in truck accident deaths comes in contrast with the fatalities in other segments; in 2017, passenger vehicle accident deaths decreased by 1.4 percent.

Large truck and commercial vehicle accidents can be particularly dangerous as the mass and size of these vehicles can cause substantial damage. In crashes involving these types of vehicles, inhabitants of other, smaller vehicles are far more likely to be fatally or seriously injured.

Someone who has been injured in a trucking accident can face lifelong disabilities. When a victim is hurt due to a truck driver’s fatigue, negligence or dangerous driving, they can work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for damages.