A recent report indicates that large truck accidents are increasing in a number of ways. Each year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration releases data on large-truck accidents in their Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report. The report for 2015 shows that there was a rise in the number of fatal crashes in 2015 as well as a rise in the rate of crashes per 100 million miles traveled.

Large trucks are considered to be those that weigh more than 10,000 pounds, and there were 415,000 accidents reported to the police involving large trucks in 2015. Twenty percent of accidents, or about 83,000, resulted in injury to a person, and 1 percent of accidents were fatal. The accident rate for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled went from 1.34 to 1.45, which is an 8 percent increase.

There was also an increase in the rate of truck-occupant fatalities, which went up by 2 percent from 2014. The majority of fatal accidents were two-vehicle crashes, and most accidents resulting in death took place on rural roads.

Unlike standard automobile accidents, truck accidents can be the fault of either the truck driver or the company that the truck driver works for. While a truck driver may fail to follow traffic laws and cause an accident, if a company does not ensure that a truck is properly maintained or that a driver is not working too much, the company may be liable for a crash. A lawyer may be able to assist a person who has been involved in a crash with a commercial truck by helping them determine if a trucking company was responsible.