Tragic Truck Crash Kills One in Smith Station, Alabama (AL)
SMITH STATION, AL- Patch.com writes that a tractor-trailer crash left one woman dead this week in Smith Station, Alabama. Reports indicate that the victim was a 27-year-old woman from Marietta, Georgia. The victim was traveling in Alabama near the border of Georgia when she was involved in a wreck with a large truck.*
The victim was declared dead at the scene of the crash. The cause of the accident is not yet clear.
Deaths involving large trucks increased slightly last year. While the rise in fatalities caused by large truck crashes was only one percent, this increase took place when most crash fatalities are on the decline.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration writes that their data suggests a drop in driver deaths of three percent, a decline of four percent in-vehicle passenger deaths, a one percent drop in motorcycle fatalities, a two percent decline in pedestrian deaths, and three percent fewer cyclist fatalities in 2019. Large trucks were the only major category that went up. The numbers also indicate that traffic crash deaths dropped in nine out of ten regions throughout the country. Only the southeast saw a rise in fatal crashes.
That region, which includes Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, had more fatal crashes in 2019 than it did in 2018.
Large truck collisions are some of the most dangerous on the road because of the massive size of these vehicles. In 2018, 4,136 people died in large truck collisions in the United States. Most of those victims were people in passenger vehicles. Truckers only account for sixteen percent of victims in large truck collisions.
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