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Accidents involving large trucks and buses

Some New Yorkers may have been involved in one of the 4,311 fatal accidents nationwide in 2015 that involved buses or large trucks. While the number was up 8 percent from the previous year, it is still not as high as the peak of more than 5,200 in 2005. Between 2005 and 2009, the numbers went down, but from 2009 to 2015, they increased again.

Crashes involving injuries followed a similar pattern as they decreased to 60,000 in 2009 from 89,000 in 2005. From 2009 to 2015, the numbers increased again. Regarding bus involvement in fatal accidents, school buses were involved in 41 percent. Around one-third were transit buses, and another 13 percent were inner city buses.

From 2014 to 2015, the number of large trucks in fatal crashes went up to 4,050 from 3,749. However, the number of trucks in injury accidents went down to 87,000 from 88,000. In crashes that only resulted in property damage, there was a decrease to 342,000 from 346,000. In 2015, 261 buses were involved in fatal accidents compared to 236 in 2014.

When a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident in which a truck or a bus is at fault, the driver and the company that owns the vehicle or employs the driver may be considered legally responsible. Injuries sustained in a accident with a truck or bus may be particularly severe because of the size of the vehicles. An injured person's medical expenses and other costs should be covered by the insurance companies of the parties responsible. If the settlement offer is inadequate, the victim might want to have legal assistance in seeking appropriate compensation.

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