The 411 Pain: Big Trucks & Big Accidents
Posted on : April 3, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that “5,374 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 1998, representing thirteen percent of all traffic fatalities. Of these, 78 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 14 percent were large truck occupants and 8 percent were non-occupants. An additional 123,000 people were injured in those crashes.”
These are extremely alarming figures considering the number of large trucks traveling the roads every day. Many of the individuals driving these trucks work extremely long hours and are at serious risk of falling asleep while driving. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, “Over 100,000 accidents per year are the result of drivers falling asleep while driving. These accidents result in 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries a year.”
Driving can be an extremely dangerous activity. A driver can only account for his or her self. Driving cautiously may not be enough to prevent an auto accident. This is why it is crucial to have access to professional legal and medical services, in the unfortunate event an accident does happen. 411 Pain is a medical and legal referral service.
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