If you are a truck driver or you operate any type of vehicle on the road, it is vital to understand the prevalence large truck crashes and the consequences of these accidents. Every year, many drivers and passengers die in these wrecks and there are various risk factors associated with large truck collisions, such as driver fatigue, speeding, alcohol use and poor weather.
Sadly, when large truck accidents occur, victims have an especially high chance of suffering an injury or losing their lives.
How many large truck accidents occur every year?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published statistics on large truck collision trends in the U.S. According to the FMCSA, law enforcement received reports of roughly 499,000 large truck accidents over the course of 2018. Moreover, about 21% of these accidents (107,000) resulted in injuries and 1% (4,415) resulted in the loss of life.
Are fatal large truck accidents becoming more prevalent?
The FMCSA sheds light on the prevalence of deadly large truck collisions in recent years. From 2005 to 2009, fatal large truck and bus accidents decreased by 34%. However, the number of deadly large truck and bus accidents went up by 45% from 2009 to 2018. Large truck and bus crashes that caused injuries increased by 62% from 2009 to 2015.
Statistics show that in recent years, the number of people hurt and killed in large truck accidents has gone up. If you suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a truck accident, make sure you closely evaluate the details of the accident and potential resources to help you move forward.