Trucking Collisions Continue to Cause Preventable Injuries and Deaths
Large truck crashes continue to remain a major source of injuries and deaths to the driving public.
In 2020, 4,842 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, representing a four percent decrease compared to 2019. This was a thirty-three percent increase compared to 2011. The crash rate for every 100 million miles traveled decreased five percent compared to 2019; an increase of eighteen percent from 2011.
Large trucks accounted for:
- 9% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes
- 4% of all registered vehicles
- 10% of total vehicle miles traveled
Jurisdictions with the highest percentage of large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2020 were:
- Wyoming – 19%
- Idaho – 16%
- Nebraska – 16%
- Iowa – 14%
Jurisdictions with the lowest percentage of large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2020 were:
- District of Columbia – 4%
- Michigan – 5%
- Vermont – 5%
- Hawaii – 5%
Jurisdictions with the most deaths resulting from large truck crashes in 2020 were:
- Texas – 643 deaths
- California – 398 deaths
- Florida – 344 deaths
Jurisdictions with the fewest deaths resulting from large truck crashes in 2020 were:
- District of Columbia – 1 death
- Vermont – 4 deaths
- Hawaii – 6 deaths
Most truck crashes occur in rural areas, on non-interstate roadways, and during the daytime.
Most truck crashes are preventable when the trucking companies and their drivers follow the rules and regulations that apply to the trucking industry. When a crash occurs it is critical to get an experienced lawyer involved right away to preserve evidence and determine the factors that resulted in the crash while the evidence is still fresh.
If you or your loved one has been harmed by a crash with a large truck, Girards Law Firm may be able to help. Call us at 214-346-9529 for a free consultation.