Truck Accident Facts & Statistics
Truck accident facts and statistics can help put into perspective the types of dangers associated with trucking accidents. Furthermore, these facts can help us-as a society-understand what types of risks are most prevalent in the operation of trucks on our state and nation's roadways so that we can take steps to prevent accidents.
These facts and statistics reveal a grim picture regarding trucking accidents: because of the size and maneuvering limitations of trucks and other commercial vehicles, accidents are both more prevalent and more serious compared to regular vehicle accidents.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury in a truck accident, it is important to understand your legal rights and options. You may be able to seek compensation for your losses through a truck accident lawsuit. A legal suit will help you recover your financial losses and compensation for your non-material losses and suffering. Please contact us to speak with a qualified truck accident attorney today. Read on to learn more about truck accident facts and statistics.
Truck accident facts and statistics (Note: the most recent available statistics from the US Department of Transportation are for 2008)
Truck accident fatalities
More than 4,500 people are killed in accidents involving large trucks and buses every year. The following chart shows the breakdown of these truck accidents based on type of truck involved.
Furthermore, truck accident statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicate that car drivers (56%) and passengers (20%) are much more likely to be killed in a truck accident than truck drivers (13.4%) and truck passengers (2%).
Truck accident injuries
In 2008, 113,000 people were seriously injured in trucking accidents in the United States. The following chart shows the breakdown of these accidents by type of truck:
Other truck accident statistics and facts:
Gender: Men are more than two times more likely to be killed or injured in a trucking accident.
Age: While all persons between the ages of 18 and 55 are at a greater risk for trucking accidents, the risk appears greatest for those ages 18 to 25.
Area: trucking accidents are more common in rural areas than urban or suburban areas.
Time of day/week: Accidents are most likely to occur on the weekdays in the daytime.
- Failure to keep in proper lane
- Driving too fast (either for conditions or in excess of posted speed limits)
- Inattention (e.g. talking, eating, etc)
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Cell phone use
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*Note: All trucking statistics were taken from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official reports on trucking accidents from 2005 to 2008.