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Government study looks at the number of large truck accidents

Florida drivers may be interested in some government statistics about the number of fatal truck accidents and some of the causes. The data reveals some interesting facts about the majority of crash victims.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large trucks were involved in the deaths of 3,921 people around the country in 2012. That year, more than 100,000 people were injured in truck accidents as well. These injuries and fatalities were the result of over 300,000 crashes that included a large truck. The statistics show that, when a large truck is involved in a crash, the overwhelming majority of these collisions result in a multi-vehicle accident. When someone is injured or killed in these accidents, 73 percent of the time it is not a truck occupant. In 2012, however, 18 percent of those killed were the truck drivers.

Head-on crash kills 2 Florida drivers, injures child

A two-car collision on U.S. Highway 90 caused a 9-year-old boy to be airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola in critical condition. The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 when a westbound pickup truck being driven by a 36-year-old man crossed the highway's centerline, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release.

The pickup hit another pickup truck being driven by a 52-year-old woman, and both drivers died in the head-on crash. They were reportedly not wearing seat belts, but the child did have restraints in use.

3 killed in head-on crash on U.S. 301 in Florida

Three people are dead and one is hospitalized in critical condition following a crash on U.S. Highway 301 north of Dade City on Dec. 30. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident happened shortly before noon near Davidson Court.

Authorities said an 86-year-old man lost control of his Buick Enclave while heading south on Highway 301 and crossed the center grass median and a paved median break before driving into northbound traffic. The Buick crashed into an oncoming Ford Explorer driven by a 74-year-old man head-on.

Florida crash kills 1, injures 1

Officers with the Florida Highway Patrol reported that a fatal car accident occurred on Dec. 20 at approximately 4:24 a.m. The incident, which took place near the intersection of State Road 60 and Cable Road in Plant City, left a 52-year-old male Brandon resident dead.

Police reported that the driver of a 2014 Ford 250, the deceased 52-year-old man, was traveling in the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of State Road 60. The vehicle collided head-on with a 2005 Ford 250 that was being driven by a 28-year-old Lithia resident. The driver of the 2005 Ford vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital via air with injuries that were described as critical while the other driver died at the scene of the crash. It was not reported why the deceased driver was driving in the wrong lane.

Florida crash kills 1 and injures 3

A 35-year-old man was driving a box truck south on State Route 123 near Valparaiso when he crossed into the northbound lane and struck a pickup truck head-on just before 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. Authorities closed the road for more than three hours as a result of the crash.

A helicopter flew the driver of the box truck to a Pensacola hospital, and a hospital spokesman stated that he was in critical condition. The pickup's 75-year-old driver died on the scene, and authorities transported his 69-year-old passenger to a local Medical Center. Later that night, the medical center upgraded her condition from serious to stable. A 35-year-old passenger in the box truck suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

3 killed, 1 injured in Florida crash

Three people in Florida were killed in a head-on collision that occurred on Dec. 10. The crash happened approximately 11 miles west of Kreme Avenue at around 6:45 p.m. One of the deceased was a member of an Idaho tribe while the other two were international tourists. A member of the Miccosukee tribe was said to be in critical condition and was airlifted to Kendal Regional for medical treatment.

Police are still trying to determine what caused the 2001 model Lexus IS300 traveling east on Tamiami Trail to crossover into the opposing lane. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the crash occurred right outside of the Miccosukee reservation. The FHP claims the 35-year-old driver in the Lexus was killed after crashing into an oncoming Jeep as he was attempting to pass traffic. A tourist from Germany and another from Great Britain riding inside the Jeep were killed in the crash.

2 killed, 2 injured in head-on collision

Florida Highway Patrol reported that a head-on collision in Fleming Island caused the death of two people and a dog on Nov. 28. The two-car crash also resulted in two people suffering from injuries that were initially described as critical. By Dec. 1, the condition of the two surviving victims of the crash had been upgraded to fair, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The fatal car crash happened while a 50-year-old man was traveling southbound in a Ford pickup truck. Around 3 p.m., the man hit a street sign near the intersection of Copper Stone Drive and then careened into the path of oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes. A Lexus driven by a 52-year-old woman was then struck head on by the pickup truck, and both of the cars overturned.

Alleged drunk driver kills 2 in West Florida

Two people were killed in an accident in St. Petersburg. The crash reportedly took place on Nov. 27.

According to police, a 31-year-old man was driving an SUV at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour while under the influence of alcohol. The 31-year-old man allegedly crashed into a vehicle and then drove away without stopping. Subsequently, he crashed the SUV into a second vehicle. The second vehicle was carrying a pair of individuals originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a 64-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, who were reportedly traveling home from a friend's house. Both Pittsburgh natives were killed on account of the crash.

Multi-car collision kills 1, injures several others in Florida

A series of collisions on Interstate 4 in Lakeland under the overpass at the Polk Parkway left a 27-year-old man from Tampa dead in the early morning hours on Nov. 14. According to a Florida Highway Patrol representative, the driver of the 2009 Mitsubishi lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a concrete wall. The car re-entered the highway and landed in the center and outside lanes.

Authorities believe the accident led to the two other collisions in which the driver of a 2000 Jeep was hit by a 2012 Ford van, causing it to roll several times before colliding with a cable barrier and leaving the driver in critical condition. He is being treated at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Police said that both he and the driver who was fatally wounded were not wearing their seatbelts.

Dog bite injuries

Florida residents might be taken aback by the prevalence of dog bite incidents in the United States. According to a study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, dog bites affect approximately 4.5 million people throughout the country annually. Moreover, the CDC estimates that roughly 885,000 of those victims, or about 20 percent, required medical treatment.

Among all dog bite victims, 50 percent are children between the ages of five and nine, reportedly. Another interesting fact, as reported by the CDC, is that almost 30,000 individuals who were bitten in 2012 underwent reconstructive surgery. According to statistics, adults who have at least two dogs living with them inside their home are five times more likely to be bitten when compared with those who do not own dogs.

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