Based on preliminary traffic data, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that fatal crashes involving at least one large truck increased by 1 percent in 2019. Meanwhile, the administration estimates that overall traffic fatalities declined during the same period. The NHTSA released the data on May 5 as part of its Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which sends data on traffic fatalities to Congress and other public agencies.
The fact that truck accidents are on the rise may not be surprising. Up until recently, the economy has been growing at a steady pace. In 2018, trucks moved 11.1 billion tons of domestic freight, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a number projected to grow to 14.2 billion in 2045.
More trucks are on the road, and truck drivers are facing increasing pressure to deliver their cargo quickly. This means that many truck drivers may drive assertively, when fatigued or even when sick, to make their deadlines. Unfortunately, these factors translate to an increased risk of truck accidents on the roads.
Truck Accident Statistics
A large truck is defined as a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds. Large trucks are a significant cause of fatal accidents. Truck accident statistics show:
- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that 4,136 people died in large truck crashes in 2018, so expect that number to increase for 2019.
- Most of the deaths in large truck crashes were the occupants of other passenger vehicles. For 2018, 67 percent of those killed were in other cars, while only 16 percent of those killed were the truck drivers themselves.
- Large truck crashes continue to cause a disproportionate number of traffic fatalities. According to the National Safety Council, in 2018, large trucks accounted for 9 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes, even though they make up only 4 percent of all registered vehicles.
- The involvement rate of large trucks in accidents per 100 million miles traveled rose 51 percent from 2009 to 2018. Similarly, around 112,000 trucks were involved in a crash that resulted in an injury, a 5 percent increase from 2017.
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