It’s important, first, to define what a “truck” is. When we talk about trucks, we mean large commercial vehicles. These can include buses, 18-wheelers, large construction vehicles like cement trucks or any other commercial-use vehicles that are larger than an SUV or van. Among the best sources for truck accident statistics, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes annual reports that track data over time. The most recent report, which looks at data from 2017, indicates that 4,889 trucks were involved in fatal wrecks, which was up by 9% from the prior year.
Though still lower than the peak of 5,231 in 2005, fatal crashes involving trucks have been on the rise by 42% since 2009, when they were at their lowest point. Crashes involving serious injuries have also been on the rise since 2009, and by 2017 were up by 62%. Between 2016 and 2017 alone, they increased by 4%. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2018 large-truck accidents resulted in the deaths of 2,786 passenger-vehicle occupants, 678 large-truck occupants and 619 motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. This is a total of 4,136 fatalities from truck accidents.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
The most common causes of commercial vehicle accidents are inadequate training, company policies that encourage unsafe driving practices and unrealistic expectations laid upon truckers, according to FindLaw. Other causes include improperly balanced vehicles due to cargo shifting, distracted driving, DUI and systems failures. Learn more by clicking on the links below: