7 Facts About Trucking Accidents
- The trucking industry moved 69% of the domestic freight in the United States and employed 3.4 million drivers and more than 7 million people in 2014, according to the American Trucking Association.
- The trucking industry reports that it invests nearly $10 billion annually in safety.
- The safety efforts include on-board truck safety technology (e.g. collision avoidance systems, video event recorders), driver safety training, driver safety incentive pay, and compliance and safety regulations (e.g. random drug tests, motor vehicle record checks).
- Most truck drivers may be skilled and patient drivers, but any carelessness on the part of a truck driver or a nearby passenger vehicle can be catastrophic to those involved in a crash.
- Truck drivers may be pressured to deliver a load in time or have inadequate training in driving technique or defensive driving.
- Passenger vehicle drivers may drive in a truck’s blind spots, change lanes abruptly, drive between large trucks, speed up or slow down when a truck attempts to merge or change lanes, or misjudge a truck’s speed when they are turning left.
- Due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved, truck crashes have the potential to create serious injury or fatalities.
4 Facts About Large Truck Accidents in the U.S.
(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts: 2014 Data, “Large Trucks.” May 2016).
- In 2014, in the US there were 3,903 people killed and roughly 111,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. Roughly 3 out of 4 people killed in large truck crashes were the occupants of other vehicles involved.
- In 2014, there were 438,000 large trucks involved in police-reported traffic crashes and 3,744 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Large Trucks accounted for 8% of all the vehicles involved in a fatal crash. Truck Tractors accounted for 2,519 (2 out of 3) of the truck crashes. Among the fatal crashes, more than half (57.5%) involved a frontal collision as the initial point of impact and 13.7% involved a rollover incident. Among the Truck Tractors towing a trailer (n=2,443), 7.4% of the crashes involved a jackknife.
- Compared to drivers of other vehicles, the large truck drivers involved in a fatal crash are more likely to have a history of another crash (14.9%), less likely to have a previous driving conviction such as suspended license or revocation or driving while intoxicated.
Large Truck Accidents in New York State
- In 2014, large trucks made up 7.4% of the vehicles involved in the fatal crashes in New York State (104 large trucks out of 1,404 fatal crashes).
- Two out of 3 fatal crashes involved a frontal collision as the first point of contact.
Types of Trucks Involved in Large Truck Accidents
- Tractor trailers or 18-wheelers
- Delivery trucks or vans
- Dump trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Larger commercial vehicles