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Death among Heavy Truck Drivers Increase: PA Truck Accident Lawyer

In 2011, fatalities involving heavy trucks increased in comparison to 2010. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks nationwide grew by 1.9 percent in 2011. A truck accident lawyer should be retained after a truck crash.

Explosiveness of Tractor-Trailers

The impact of a fully loaded, 80,000-pound tractor-trailer traveling at high speed can produce the explosive power of 4.5 pounds of TNT. It also equals the energy output of 360,000 light bulbs over an hour. According to East Stroudsburg University Associate Professor of Physics, this power is equivalent to 500 Indy race cars moving at 60 mph hitting a concrete barrier at one time.

But of those fatalities, the truck drivers themselves suffered 20 percent more deaths. NHTSA's definition of large trucks includes anything greater than 10,000 pounds. The number of fatalities in truck-involved crashes rose by 71 — from 3,686 in 2010 to 3,757 in 2011. The majority of heavy truck crash fatalities in Pennsylvania were the result of rear-end collisions.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations specify that truck trailers, semitrailers and full trailers must have their cargo secured to prevent the cargo from leaking, spilling, blowing or falling from the motor vehicle. The regulations also state that cargo must be contained, immobilized or secured to prevent shifting upon or within the vehicle to such an extent that the vehicle's stability or maneuverability is adversely affected.

Regulations regarding securing loads, along with all safety aspects of trucks, are enforced by specially trained personnel, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The National Highway and Safety Administration reported on December 10,2012 that all highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year.

The report showed a decreasing trend in deaths and represent a 26 percent decline in traffic fatalities overall since 2005.

Drivers drove fewer miles in 2012, but the drop in fatalities outpaced the loss of driver miles. The 2011 report indicated the lowest fatality rate ever recorded, with 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2011, down from 1.11 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2010. Pennsylvania reported the fourth most fatalities among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with 1,324 in 2011.

Texas reported the most deaths, with 3,016. Vermont had the least among the states with 55.

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