The summer of 2017 has been a dangerous season on Kansas City highways. A spate of fiery crashes involving semi-trucks have taken innocent lives and left others with serious injuries. Sadly, these large truck crashes are on the rise across the nation.
According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 4,000 people were killed and 116,000 injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2015. This represents a 10% increase in the number of people injured in large truck crashes in a 10-year period.
The report found that, in 2015 alone, 106 Missouri residents lost their lives due to large truck accidents. In Kansas, large trucks were involved in 13.7% of all traffic deaths that year.
While NHTSA considers additional regulations, such as automatic emergency braking system (AEB) mandates, to help curb large truck accidents, the chances of Missouri residents being injured or killed in accidents caused by semi-trucks continues to rise.
At Adler & Manson, we’ve seen the impact of this growing trend first-hand, representing clients who have suffered serious injuries in trucking accidents. Whether caused by distracted driving, fatigue, roadway conditions, truck defects, weather conditions or even drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the outcome can devastate families.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a large truck accident, call us at 816-216- 6214 for a free consultation.