Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Statistics

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Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Statistics

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Roughly 500,000 trucking accidents occur annually in the United States, which equates to 57 accidents involving a large truck every single hour.  Sadly 1:8 traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision, and 98% of the fatalities are the individuals in the passenger vehicle, not the truck.

The trucking industry brought in an annual revenue of $610 billion last year and this number is projected to be doubled by 2015. The growth of the commercial trucking industry is great for the trucking companies and the economy, however we should all become more aware of their presence on the roadways.

In 2008, the preliminary national crash facts were:

  • 123,918 large trucks and 13,263 buses involved in non-fatal crashes
  • 49,084 large trucks and 7,123 buses involved in injury crashes
  • 73,047 injuries in crashes involving large trucks and 16,760 injuries in crashes involving buses
  • 74,834 large trucks and 6,140 buses involved in tow-away crashes
  • 2,609 large trucks and 11 buses involved in hazmat (HM) placard crashes

Sixty-eight percent of all fatal truck accidents happen in rural areas. As high as 66% of all fatal truck accidents occurred during the day time and 78% of fatal accidents occur on the weekend.

Statistics of Fatal Truck Accidents and Drivers’ Negligence

Accidents occurring while a driver is under the influence or while intoxicated are at an epidemic level in the United States. Truck accidents are not exempt from this. Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the leading causes of fatal truck accidents today.

Over the years, the number of trucks on U.S. roads has increased to a great extent, but statistics show that the number of deaths due to truck accidents has remained more or less the same – about 5,000 deaths each year.

Truck drivers can slow down in work zones, keep their distance, be aware of their “no-zones”, maintain their vehicles and drive defensively. Drivers of passenger cars can avoid accidents with trucks by avoiding the blind spots around trucks. In addition, these drivers should avoid passing a truck on the right when the truck is turning right. Finally, observe a truck’s turn signals, you appropriate passing procedures, do not cut trucks off, and report dangerous driving to the proper authorities.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call 877-BICE-877 today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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