Fatal Truck Accident Statistics in the U.S.

Whenever a commercial truck is involved in an accident with a smaller vehicle, the chances for a fatality are far greater. Motorists in smaller vehicles are much more vulnerable to serious injury and death. In 2009, 74,000 Americans were injured in truck accidents and 3,380 were killed.

According to research, the type of accident most likely to cause a fatality is a rear-end accident in which a passenger vehicle hits a commercial truck from behind. These types of collisions are four times as likely to cause a fatality than a truck rear-ending a passenger vehicle. According to TruckInfo.net, the average driver will have a near motor vehicle accident 1 to 3 times per month and be involved in some type of collision every five to eight years.

Commercial trucks are involved in 2.4 percent of all car accidents. But because there are fewer on the road than passenger vehicles, semi trucks are 3 times as likely to be involved in an accident that a passenger vehicle. Over 500,000 truck accidents occur annually. If you or a loved one are injured due to a truck driver’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact an attorney.

Spevack Law Firm—Middlesex County truck accident attorneys.



2 Responses to Fatal Truck Accident Statistics in the U.S.

  1. These are some alarming numbers that you have included in this post, but they effectively demonstrate why accidents involving large trucks often result in such severe injuries. The fatality rate of rear-end accidents with commercial trucks should make all motorists pay closer attention to their following distances, but it is important for all drivers to be aware of the multiple blind spots all semi trucks have. As your post touches on, the size differential between the average passenger vehicle and a typical 18-wheeler puts many motorists immediately at risk. We encourage all drivers to keep in mind some of the difficulties drivers can have controlling such large vehicles.

  2. These are certainly some eye-opening statistics. Most people are likely unaware that the most common type of fatal truck accident is when a passenger vehicles strikes a truck from behind, not the other way around. Motorists should always maintain safe following distances when traveling behind commercial trucks, and they should also avoid lingering in truckers’ blind spots.

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