Lubbock truck wreck attorneys examine NHTSA data showing the high rate of large truck crash injuries and deaths that occur each year.
Online PR News – 10-November-2015 – Lubbock, TX – The city of Lubbock, Texas is the 85th most populous city in the U.S., and the 11th most populous in the state of Texas having a population of more than 243,000. The economic center of the Lubbock metropolitan area, the city is nicknamed “Hub City” because it is the hub of the region for health care, education, and economic development. The area is also the largest cotton-growing region in the world.
As an economic portal deemed to be the center of the South Plains region, Lubbock is served by multiple major highways including Interstate 27 and Interstate 40, with the latter being a transcontinental route. Unfortunately, there is in some ways a downside to this for areas like Lubbock. The city’s major highways see significant big rig traffic as a result of the high population and economic development related to multiple industries. With an influx of commercial traffic in any area, there is also an increase in big rig accidents.
According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, counting 18-wheeler accidents in Lubbock and other major cities throughout the U.S. there was a marked increase in the number of related injuries and fatalities in 2012.
Source: NHTSA Report "Large Trucks"
"In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) (Table 1). In the United States, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes during 2012.
Between 2011 and 2012, fatalities in these crashes showed a 5-percent increase in the number of occupants of other vehicles killed and a 9-percent increase in the number of large-truck occupants killed."
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As more updated information becomes available, time will tell whether significant increases will also be shown for this year. So far multiple serious Lubbock area truck accidents have already been reported on in the media. One example is a major accident involving two tractor-trailers that left one person dead after a propane truck exploded.
Source: Lubbock Online Report "Lubbock man dies after propane truck explodes in accident in Brownfield"
"BROWNFIELD — One person is confirmed dead after a propane tanker exploded Thursday morning in Brownfield, said Cpl. John Gonzalez with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Robert Clifford Melvin, 58, of Lubbock died from his injuries."
To read more visit http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2015-04-23/lubbock-man-dies-after-propane-truck-explodes-accident-brownfield#.VjeATqQ_6Bt.
Where to Turn After Being Injured in a Lubbock Truck Crash
For individuals who are involved in a big rig accident in Lubbock and surrounding areas, it is important to know what legal options are available for helping them overcome the financial challenges they will face in the aftermath. Medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering are examples of the damages they may be eligible to pursue legal compensation for from those liable.
The Lubbock big rig accident attorneys of Eberstein Witherite LLP are available to help people who have been injured in an 18 wheeler collision understand their legal rights regarding matters such as getting compensated for resulting damages they incur. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a commercial truck accident in West Texas cities like Lubbock, you can call 1-800-Truck-Wreck at any time of the day or night for an assessment of the available legal options in your case for moving forward.
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