The U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent publication of Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts shows statistical data from 2016. According to the data accumulated there were 4,440 fatal accidents that involved a large truck in 2016 nationwide, 556 occurred in Texas. 8 out of 10 of those fatalities were the occupants of the other vehicles. Texas has the highest reported number of accidents of all the states. From 2006-2016 there were 5,389 fatalities involving large trucks in Texas alone.
Trucking Accident by the numbers
61% in rural areas
27% on interstate highways
15% on interstate highways in rural areas
37% of all trucking related fatalities happened at night between 6pm and 6am
84 % of all trucking accident fatalities happened during the week Monday through Friday
27% of all work zone fatalities involved a large truck
43% of occupants not wearing a seat belt were fatally injured
8% of those wearing a seat belt were fatally injured
Factors for Trucking accidents for both truck drivers and passenger vehicles
“Speeding of any kind” – the number one reason for both truck drivers and passenger vehicles.
“Distraction/Inattention” – the second factor for truck drivers.
“Impairment (Fatigue, Alcohol, illness, etc.)” – the second factor for passenger vehicles fatalities
Sometimes it is necessary to know the statistics of an issue before we allow ourselves to give our full attention to it. The sheer number of fatalities that involve large trucks should be enough for any of us to want to do better. Here are a few tidbits to keep in mind when driving near a large truck. Semi-trucks have huge blind spots and they make wide turns. So keep that in mind when driving next them. If you cannot see the driver of the truck in their side mirror, then they cannot see you either. For more information of how to be more safe when driving around trucks, visit the Partnership for Road Safety Campaign!
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