Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is able to identify fatal motor vehicle crash trends based on the data collected by its Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Its report on 2017 has come out, and Mississippi drivers may be surprised by the data.

The total number of traffic fatalities went down from 37,806 to 37,133 with passenger vehicle, motorcyclist and pedestrian deaths seeing a 1.4, 3.1 and 1.7 percent decrease respectively. Speeding-related deaths declined by 5.6 percent. There also were 8.1 percent fewer fatalities among bicyclists.

Despite these encouraging figures, large truck crash fatalities saw no downward trend. On the contrary, there was a 9 percent jump from 4,369 deaths in 2016 to 4,761 deaths in 2017. Multi-vehicle crashes involving large trucks saw an 8.8 percent increase. For its report, NHTSA defined a large truck as one having a gross vehicle weight rating higher than 10,000 pounds.

2017 saw double the number of fatal crashes involving trucks between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds. Large truck occupants accounted for 16 percent of the fatalities that year.

Those who are injured in car and truck wrecks will want to see us to determine if they have the grounds for a lawsuit. With a network of professionals, we can gather proof that the trucker was negligent. For example, the trucker may have been drowsy behind the wheel, distracted or operating a truck that was not maintained to federal standards. We could then negotiate for a settlement with the trucking company, taking the matter to trial if the offer is insufficient.  Contact George B. Ready if you have been injured in a wreck.