An Overview of Large Truck Accident and Collision Statistics 2022



The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines a “large truck,” a semi-truck or big rig, as a truck with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or more. A truck of this nature can carry a load weighing upwards of 70,000 more without obtaining special clearance. The average automobile clocks in at 2,000 pounds. Looking at weight alone, a car is no match for a large empty truck, let alone one carrying a load.


With these basic facts in mind, a motorist is well-served and aware of essential statistics related to a large truck or big rig accident. The FMCSA maintains data regarding semi-truck accidents in the United States. 2021 is the last year the governmental agency has collected and analyzed a complete set of statistics for 12 months.

2022 truck accident statistics


Overall Large Truck Accident Statistics


Across the United States, over 500,000 large truck accidents were reported to police in 2020. During the same period, a total of just over 24,200 large truck accidents were reported in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Virtually all semi-truck accidents in the United States, including in Texas, involve a collision with a passenger car.


Large Truck Accident Fatality Statistics


There were over 5200 fatal large truck accidents in the United States in 2019. Some of these accidents resulted in multiple fatalities. Deaths were nearly always attributed to drivers and passengers in automobiles. Big rig drivers rarely are killed in collisions with passenger cars.


More than 500 fatal large truck accidents occurred in Texas during the same period. As is the case nationally, some of these collisions involved multiple fatalities. Big rig drivers were rarely killed in large truck and passenger automobile collisions.


Big Rig Accident Injury Rates In Texas


Eighty thousand large truck accidents across the country resulted in injuries. In most accidents, the injuries sustained were serious and required hospitalization. Although big rig drivers were injured in accidents, automobile drivers and passengers nearly always sustained more serious injuries in collisions with large trucks.


Eight hundred ten motorists in Texas required hospitalization for serious injuries following big rig accidents. Two thousand two hundred twenty-one individuals sustained less serious injuries, including those that did go to a hospital emergency department but did not require anything beyond an overnight stay in a medical center. Almost 3,100 people may have sustained injuries but declined immediate medical treatment or assistance.

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