Large truck accidents in Virginia can often be fatal for the occupants of other vehicles that are involved. According to 2012 data that was analyzed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 73 percent of the fatalities in large truck accidents were people in other cars. Ten percent of the fatalities were pedestrians or bicyclists, and the remainder of the fatalities were occupants of the trucks.
The NHTSA data showed that there were 3,921 large truck accident fatalities in 2012. During the same time period, approximately 104,000 people were injured in an accident involving a large truck. The numbers represented a 4 percent increase in truck accident fatalities and an 18 percent increase in truck accident injuries from 2011.