People in Florida have faced increased vehicle crash threats from large trucks and buses, according to statistics from 1975 to 2015. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released an array of data showing that, in 2015, over 4,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
Overall, the number of buses and large trucks, like semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, involved in these fatal accidents has escalated by 26 percent from 2009 to 2015. While the overall trend in those years has been upward, 2005 marked the highest number of these large commercial vehicles involved with roadway deaths.
Between 2005 to 2009, fatal crashes with large commercial trucks and buses decreased by 34 percent. However, from 2009 to 2015, that number again increased by 20 percent. In the last year studied, from 2014 to 2015, the number increased by 5 percent. A similar pattern was followed in the case of vehicle crashes involving large trucks and buses that caused injuries rather than death. While these accidents declined by 33 percent from 2005 to 2009, the number of this type of injury crashes has risen again since 2009 by 62 percent.
In terms of buses, the highest percentage of fatal crashes involved school buses, with transit buses and intercity buses running behind. Large trucks and buses can be particularly dangerous participants in a crash involving other automobiles, bicyclists or pedestrians. Passengers inside vehicles like buses can also be at risk. The size, weight and mass of these large commercial vehicles have the power to cause significant damage and severe personal injury.
A personal injury lawyer can consult with victims of an accident with a large commercial vehicle like a bus or truck to determine how they can pursue compensation for the damaging effects of this type of crash. An attorney can help accident victims to seek damages for their personal injuries, medical bills and lost wages caused by a truck or bus crash.