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Examining Large Truck Accident Reporting in New York

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles collects data on large truck accidents in order to better understand how these accidents happen, what can be done to prevent them and the general outcome of such accidents. While the stats can’t tell the full story for every single crash, as there is a certain randomness to many car accidents, these stats can help to expose trends. The following stats are from 2013, one of the most recent years for which data has been collected.

In that year, there were 11,452 total accidents in which semi-trucks and other large vehicles were involved. However, only 10,475 of these were reported to the police.

Out of those 11,452 accidents, though, only 94 of them were fatal. All 94 fatal accidents were reported to the authorities as mandated by law. Another 3,828 accidents resulted in injuries of all degrees that were not fatal; these injuries could be as significant as brain damage or as minor as a broken finger. Most, but not all, of these crashes were reported, with these reports made in 3,580 cases.

The majority of the accidents did not involve injury or death, but merely property damage. A full 7,530 fell into this category. These were under-reported the most, with just 6,801 reports being made.

On top of accidents with other vehicles, trucks were involved in 237 crashes with pedestrians, with 233 reported. They were also involved in 66 crashes with bicycles, of which 65 reported, and 48 crashes with motorcycles. All of the motorcycle accidents were reported.

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a truck, be sure you know what legal steps to take, from reporting the accident to seeking compensation.

Source: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, “Summary of Large Truck Crashes,” accessed May. 08, 2015

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