Any type of traffic collision has the potential to result in serious injuries, but if you become involved in a large truck accident you are especially likely to face devastating consequences. On top of the sheer size of trucks, other factors can increase the severity of a collision, such as the amount of time it takes for truckers to stop their vehicle.
Regrettably, statistics reveal the impact of large truck collisions on roads across the U.S. It is crucial for truckers and all other drivers to go over this data in order to develop a clearer understanding of the risks associated with these crashes.
Injuries and deaths due to large truck crashes
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2020, more than 45,000 injury accidents involved large trucks. Many trucking accidents prove fatal, and over 4,800 large trucks became involved in deadly accidents throughout 2020. During 2018, 635 trucks between 10,001 and 14,000 pounds became involved in a deadly accident, and this went up by 14% to 724 in 2020.
Other statistics on large truck collisions
Throughout 2020, most fatal large truck accidents happened on rural roads (roughly 54%). Moreover, 87% of injury accidents and 82% of deadly accidents involving large trucks took place on weekdays. However, it is important to remember that many accidents also occur on urban roads and during the weekend.
Following a large truck crash, you could struggle with many hardships. If you face medical costs, debilitating pain and other consequences due to a negligent truck driver, make sure you develop a solid understanding of the options in front of you.