When a large truck gets into a collision, it typically is more serious than when two passenger vehicles collide. That’s due to the size and weight of the semitruck and the hazards it poses to those drivers and passengers in smaller, lighter autos.
Regardless, there is statistical evidence that shows big rig drivers get into fewer wrecks for the number of miles driven than those driving other kinds of automobiles. Often people assume that the most deaths occur on interstates, but 61 percent happen on other types of major roads.
Three federal agencies report and track trucking statistics for the Department of Transportation (DOT): the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The focus of the FMCSA and the NHTSA is mainly reporting issues involving trucking safety.
According to the DOT:
- Each year, there are roughly a half-million collisions involving large trucks.
- There were 529 deaths of drivers/passengers in big rigs in 2009 due to accidents.
- That same year, 20,000 occupants of large trucks got hurt in wrecks.
- The following year — 2010 — had just over one fatal accident for every 100 million miles of truck driving.
Truck collisions are on the rise, however, and frequently people die as a result. As reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in a single year:
- There were 3,413 fatalities from collisions with large trucks.
- Fourteen percent of those who died were riding in the large trucks.
- Seventy-two percent of those who died were in other vehicles
- Thirteen percent of the fatalities occurred to bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
- Three-quarters of truck accidents resulting in fatalities involved tractor-trailers
- A quarter of truck accidents resulting in fatalities involved single large trucks.
If you get into a collision with a big rig, your injuries could be permanently disabling. You may decide to pursue legal action against any at-fault drivers or other entities in order to recoup some of your financial losses.
Source: TruckDrivingJobs.com, “Truck Driving Accidents – Causes, Fatalities, Statistics and Costs,” accessed Jan. 12, 2018