Accident Statistics Data On Trucking Accidents in the United States

Truck Accident Statistics

Insight from Houston Truck Accident Attorneys

The statistics involved in truck accidents are overwhelming. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to talk to a Houston truck accident lawyer from Arnold & Itkin. We have a proven track record of success with trucking accident claims and have obtained billions of dollars for clients. Our experience and aggressive tactics can help you combat the large trucking companies involved in these accidents and pursue just compensation.

Truck Accident Data

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts, in 2013, 342,000 large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) were involved in traffic crashes in the United States. In 2013, large trucks accounted for 4% of all registered vehicles, 9% of total vehicle miles traveled, 9% of vehicles involved in fatal crashes, and 3% of vehicles involved in injury and property-damage only crashes.

A total of 3,964 people died and an additional 95,000 were injured in those crashes.

Common Truck Crash Characteristics

In 47% of the two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a large truck and another type of vehicle, both vehicles were proceeding straight. In 10% of the crashes, the other vehicle was turning. In 10%, the truck or the other vehicle was negotiating a curve. In 7%, the truck or the other vehicle was parked in a traffic lane (5% and 2%, respectively).

Most of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas (64%), during the daytime (73%), and on weekdays (79%). During the week, 73% of the crashes occurred during the daytime (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.). On weekends, 60% occurred at night (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Occupants of the other vehicle made up 71% of the fatalities and approximately 72% of the injuries that resulted from large-truck crashes.

Breakdown of Statistics

Type of Fatality

  • Occupants of Large Trucks: 691
  • Single-Vehicle Crashes: 427
  • Multiple-Vehicle Crashes: 264
  • Occupants of Other Vehicles in Crashes Involving Large Trucks: 2,834
  • Nonoccupants (Pedestrians, Cyclists, etc…): 439

Type of Injury

  • Occupants of Large Trucks: 24,000
  • Single-Vehicle Crashes: 9,000
  • Multiple-Vehicle Crashes: 15,000
  • Occupants of Other Vehicles In Crashes Involving Large Trucks:69,000
  • Nonoccupants (Pedestrians, Cyclists, etc…): 2,000

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