According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities resulting from trucking accidents are the highest they’ve been in 30 years. In 2018, more than 880 occupants of large trucks died in accidents on roadways throughout California and the rest of the United States. A significantly higher number of individuals died as drivers or passengers in other vehicles involved in accidents with large trucks.

The American Trucking Association, which is the industry’s largest trade group, says that the data from the NHTSA only gives a partial picture of the problem. Representatives from the association stated that they want the federal government to launch a comprehensive study that provides more useful information about the rate of incidents and their causes. The ATA believes that investing in new technology and driver safety training will go a long way toward reducing the number of fatalities on the road.

While large trucking accidents increased in 2018, overall roadway fatalities declined. With the exception of truckers, pedestrians and cyclists, nearly every other category had a decrease in deaths. These numbers are dropping despite the fact that more total miles are being driven every year. Government officials attribute these drops in fatalities to enhanced safety features, especially in light vehicles.

Individuals who have experienced a personal injury as the result of a truck accident can face high expenses as well as pain and suffering. Victims may have the right to seek compensation for these damages from the responsible party whether a driver or a major corporation is liable. To find out if pursuing legal action is in their best interests, victims may want to get an initial consultation from an attorney. A professional may recommend pursuing a settlement or even going to court.