Important Truck Accident Statistics

Commercial trucks are a necessary part of our world, yet they can make driving on our roadways more dangerous.

 

We see quite a few 18-wheelers in the Houston area because it is one of the major hubs for transporting goods across the country.

 

Truck accidents can cause severe injuries and fatalities. In 2018, 3,639 traffic deaths occurred in Texas. A person was killed in a traffic accident about every two and a half hours. A person was hurt in an accident every two minutes, and an average reportable crash happened every minute. Truck crash statistics are scary.

 

About Commercial Vehicle Accidents

 

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) collects data from crashes across the state and compiles the information into reports. In 2018, 37,515 total crashed involved commercial vehicles in Texas. Six hundred eleven people died from a commercial vehicle crash, and thousands suffered injuries.

One thousand three hundred sixty-seven people reported serious injuries from a collision with a commercial vehicle. Texas is one state with the most truck crash fatalities.

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also provides reports that include data for large truck and bus crashes in the United States. The most recent Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report is from 2017. Motor Carrier Safety Admin.

 

The report shows approximately 450,000 reported crashes involving large trucks, and 4,657 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in the United States. Fatal truck crashes were more likely to occur on Interstate highways and rural roads.

 

Most of the fatal truck crashes occurred on weekdays, Monday through Friday. The majority of fatalities occur to occupants of the other vehicles, not to the occupants of the large trucks.

 

Tips for Avoiding Truck Accidents

 

Trucks are common on our Texas roadways. You will likely drive near a truck at some point almost every time you get behind the wheel. Driving defensively and taking special precautions when driving near trucks is essential.

 

  • Stay out of a truck’s blind spots when possible.
  • Do not follow a truck too closely, and do not allow a truck to tailgate your vehicle.
  • Keep in mind that trucks take longer to brake, and they often make wide turns.
  • Remember that trucks cannot make fast stops or turns and cannot make maneuvers quickly.
  • Unsafe lane changes are common with big trucks

Some factors such as size and weight can make trucks more dangerous than other vehicles.Big rig weight

 

If you see a truck driving unsafely, report it to the police. Try to obtain the license plate number and other information only if it is safe to do so.

 

Do not follow the truck or speed up to the vehicle. Instead, slow down and move away from the truck.

 

If you are hurt in an accident with a truck, it is critical to act quickly to obtain legal guidance.

 

Trucking companies have access to data; you will need to prove negligence. You may have compensation for your injuries from the negligent driver or trucking company.

 

Call the best lawyer for a truck accident as soon as possible to discuss the details of your injuries. 

 

Call us for a FREE injury accident consultation!

 

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