The latest truck accident statistics indicate that, although tucking crashes occur less frequently than auto collisions, truck wrecks are about twice as likely to have fatal outcomes. What may be more distressing to realize, however, is that, in many cases, truck crashes are caused by preventable negligence. In other words, many trucking accidents could have been prevented if someone had just been more careful, responsible and/or sober prior to the crash.
Taking a closer look at some of the main causes and trends in trucking accidents in the U.S., the following presents some national and state statistics on trucking accidents.
While these statistics reveal some of the latest findings about truck crashes in America1, don’t hesitate to contact a St Louis trucking accident attorney at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law if you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash and you need answers about your options for justice and recovery.
National Trucking Accident Statistics
- Fatal truck crashes in the U.S. have been on the decline, dropping about 5 percent over the past few years.
- Injury-related trucking accidents in the U.S. have been on the rise in recent years, increasing by about 21 percent.
- Non-injury-related truck wrecks that involved property damage only have also increased in recent years, spiking about 30 percent.
- When trucking accidents have fatal outcomes, the occupants of passenger vehicles are about four times more likely than the occupants of larger trucks to experience fatal injuries.
- In fatal truck crashes:
- About 2 percent of the involved truck drivers had BACs of at least 0.08 (g/dL), which is double the legal limit for commercial motorists.
- Close to 18 percent of the involved truck drivers had at least one previous speeding conviction, nearly 13 percent had been involved in at least one previous traffic collision, and more than 8 percent had at least one license suspension or revocation on their driving records.
Illinois & Missouri Statistics on Truck Accident
- In Illinois, there were 115 large trucks involved in fatal accidents. This represented nearly 9 percent of all of the deadly collisions that occurred in Illinois, putting the state at roughly 0.7 percent above the national average.
- Fatal Illinois trucking accidents make up about 3 percent of all deadly truck crashes that occur across the U.S. in a given year.
- In Missouri, there were 89 large trucks involved in deadly wrecks. This represented about 8 percent of all fatal collisions in the state, putting it just under the national average.
- Fatal Missouri trucking accidents comprise about 2.3 percent of all deadly truck wrecks that take place in the U.S. annually.
Contact a St Louis Trucking Accident Attorney at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law
If you have been hurt in a truck crash, contact the St Louis trucking accident attorney at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law for aggressive advocacy in your pursuit of recovery. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at protecting our clients’ rights and interests in any legal setting.
To learn more about how we can help you, attend a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. You can schedule this meeting by calling us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. You can also email us using the contact form on this page.
1: All statistics and data discussed herein were originally published by authorities at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These statistics reflect trends associated with crashes that occurred in 2014, the most recent year for which complete and finalized data is available.