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OPP says transport trucks cause many fatal car accidents

The Ontario Provincial Police says a significant number of road accidents in the province involve commercial trucks. They say one in every five crashes involve large trucks, and with the considerable difference in size and weight, occupants of cars have very little chance of survival. Authorities say 330 people died between 2012 and 2016 in car accidents on the roads that OPP patrols -- most of whom were occupants of vehicles other than large trucks.

OPP further says data indicates that car vs. truck accidents frequently lead to catastrophic and even fatal injuries. They say that, of the 330 deceased crash victims, 286 were in smaller automobiles. Furthermore, traffic data analysis revealed that a significant percentage of crashes involving commercial vehicles were caused by defective transport trucks.

Defects that were identified as factors that led to such accidents include detached wheels or blown tires, damaged axles, defective hitches, faulty brakes and unsecured loads. The latter often leads to truck equipment or unsecured cargo flying off and falling in the path or on other vehicles. These events have been known to have tragic consequences.

The worst part of the information that was revealed by the Ontario Provincial Police is that families lose loved ones in car accidents as the result of the negligence of commercial vehicle drivers. These families are typically unsure of their legal options, and they might have many questions about how to recover damages. The most logical step in such circumstances is to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can provide the necessary support and guidance in pursuit of economic and noneconomic damages.

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