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Truck accidents statistics show major changes from 2013 to 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration monitors truck accidents in Georgia and across America, and it publishes yearly reports that detail how many accidents occur and recounting important secondary information about them. Upon review of the truck accident statistics for the years 2014 and 2013, a curious pattern was discovered.

The number of truck accidents reported to the police that had at least one fatatlity dropped by 5 percent from one year to the next. However, the number of truck accidents that caused injuries increased by 21 percent. No clear reason for this change has been cited.

Industry groups voiced their concern with the accident rate, though they welcomed the decrease in the fatality rate. When questioned about tactics that they thought might decrease the accident rate, one industry advocate pointed to electronic speed limiters and uniform 65 mph speed limits as effective methods for reducing truck accidents.

State and federal law protect the rights of all citizens to go about their business without encountering injury to themselves or their property because of the irresponsibility or malfeasance of another. If a truck were to cause an accident that left someone with a serious injury or damage to his or her property, then that victim may decide to seek financial redress in court. An attorney at law might be able to advise the aggrieved party as to how to file a lawsuit, accurately describe the precise economic value of the harm that they have suffered, present their case to the court and negotiate with the defendants of their civil suit.

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