What Are The Statistics For Large Truck Accidents In The United States?

The number of deaths attributed from large truck accidents each year has been steadily increasing for over a decade. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 16% higher in 2014 compared to statistics from 2009. Of the deaths caused by such incidents, a mere 16% of those people were the truck occupants, 68% were occupants of passenger vehicles and 16% were pedestrians or cyclists.

A large trucks are categorized as tractor trailers, heavy cargo vans, and single unit trucks that weigh more than ten thousand pounds. At a statistical level, large trucks attribute to  2.6 deaths per one hundred million vehicles miles traveled, which is 50% greater than all other road vehicle accidents combined!

Often times those driving in passenger vehicles are unaware of how these large trucks operate, such as wide turns and the amount of time it takes them to fully brake. Heavily loaded trucks cannot stop in the same distance as passenger cars. In these incidents, passenger vehicle occupants are at a far greater risk of deathly injuries due to overall force and mass combined with the speed and acceleration of these large trucks. On average, trucks weigh 20 to 30 times more than the typical passenger car.

The trucking industry is expanding, which makes passenger vehicles more prone to such accidents. According to the American Trucking Association, the truck industry brought in an astonishing $700 billion in revenue in 2014, a record high. With the industry expected to continuously grow within the next few years, it prompts an immediate threat on the lives of others!

In 2010, The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), reported that on average, over 500,000 truck related accidents occur each year! Don’t be another statistic! If you’ve been in a car accident involving a large truck, call Brad Pistotnik! Brad has been committed to his clients getting the compensation they deserve for over 30 years, and he’s here to help you!


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