Accident Statistics Data on Trucking Accidents in the United States

Truck Accident Statistics

The trucking industry plays an important part in our nation’s economy. Commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers remain the largest transporter of goods in the United States. In 2012, the American Trucking Association reported that commercial trucks transported more than 9 billion tons of freight; just over two-thirds of all freight that was transported domestically. The trucking industry also transports about 60% of all freight between the United States and Mexico and Canada. These statistics are hardly surprising given the number of trucks on our nation’s highways and interstates. However, while the trucking industry is needed to transport goods across the country, it also has a responsibility to do so safely. Commercial trucks are involved in thousands of accidents with passenger vehicles each year and because of their size, they are often fatal.

Commercial Truck Accident Statistics in the United States

  • In 2012, there were 3,702 fatal accidents involving commercial trucks and buses. Those were responsible for 4,183 fatalities.
  • Using those statistics, that means an average of 11 people die each day in accidents with commercial trucks.
  • In 2012, over 100,000 people suffered injuries in truck accidents (nearly 275 people per day).
  • In 3.5% of all fatal truck accidents in 2012, alcohol was detected in the bloodstream of the truck driver.

Fatal Truck Accidents Statistics By State

Below are the 2012 fatal truck accident statistics broken down by state.

Top 10 States with the Most Fatal Truck Accidents

  • Texas – 491
  • California – 227
  • Florida – 183
  • Pennsylvania – 149
  • Georgia – 139
  • Ohio – 139
  • North Carolina – 117
  • Oklahoma – 108
  • Illinois – 106
  • Indiana – 100

Truck Accident Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts, 342,000 large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) were involved in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2013. That year, 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.

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
  • Nonoccupants (Pedestrians, Cyclists, etc…): 439
  • Occupants of Other Vehicles in Crashes Involving Trucks: 2,834

Type of Injury

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

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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 for clients. Our experience and aggressive tactics can help you combat the trucking companies involved in these accidents and pursue just compensation.

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