Anybody who spends any time on the road needs to understand these 7 trucking accident statistics. Semi-trucks are the biggest vehicles on the road which means that they have the highest potential for serious accidents of any vehicle on the road.
Semi-trucks also drive far more miles each day than a passenger car does. And, more time on the road equates to a greater chance of an accident happening. After you learn about these truck accident statistics you should have a better idea of what kind of danger trucks pose.
7 Truck Accident Statistics You Need To Know
1. Less than 9% of the 41,000 to 45,000 traffic accident fatalities each year involve a semi-truck. This shows you that even though semi-trucks are much bigger and heavier, and they spend more time on the road, they are still safer than passenger cars. This is largely due to the training and dedication of truck drivers. Plus, the amount of time, money, and effort that goes into repairing and maintaining big trucks.
2. More than 80% of accidents involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle that result in a fatality are the result of driver error on the part of the passenger vehicle driver. This is further evidence that truck drivers are safer drivers than passenger vehicle drivers. Truck drivers spend far more time on the road. However, they are still involved in fewer serious accidents. Plus, when they are in an accident it’s usually the other driver’s fault.
3. Up to 75% of people in a minor car accident don’t show any symptoms of an injury for up to 6 months. That means that if you are in an accident, even a minor one, you need to file a report with law enforcement and your insurance company. Don’t assume that because you feel fine now that you don’t have any injuries that could arise down the road. Failing to report an accident will greatly decrease your likelihood of being compensated if you sustained hidden injuries.
4. Commercial trucks are involved in only 2.4% of all accidents that happen on the road. Therefore, commercial trucks are far less likely to be in major or minor accidents.
5. In 98% of semi-truck accidents involving a fatality, the driver of the passenger vehicle dies. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since commercial trucks are much bigger and heavier than passenger vehicles are. Fortunately, while commercial trucks are more dangerous to be in an accident with, they are also much less likely to be in an accident.
6. There are approximately 500,000 accidents involving commercial trucks each year. While that may seem like a very high number, it’s not when you consider how many hours commercial trucks spend on the road each year.
7. Sixty-eight percent of truck accidents occur during the day. This is an odd statistic since logic would seem to imply that accidents are more likely to occur when drivers are more tired. And, when there is less visibility.