The size and weight of tractor trailers and other trucks can make truck wrecks catastrophic. Serious injuries and fatalities can result, so it’s important that all drivers understand the risks, the frequency of crashes, and the dangers of sharing the road with trucks.
The Latest Statistics
Truck accidents are a problem nationwide. According to the annual statistics compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
- There were 4,050 large trucks involved in fatal crashes during 2015. That was an 8% increase over the number of large trucks involved in deadly crashes during 2014.
- There were about 87,000 large trucks involved in injury crashes during 2015. That was a 1% decrease over the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes during 2014.
- Approximately 116,000 people were hurt in large truck wrecks in 2015. This was significantly more than the 111,000 people hurt in large truck crashes during 2014, and it was the largest number of reported injuries since 2004.
- There were 342,000 large trucks involved in property damage-only crashes during 2015. This also represented a 1% decrease from 2014 numbers.
Overall, the statistics show that American roadways are still dangerous, and motorists are at risk of serious injury and death if they’re involved in a trucking accident.
Statistics Don’t Tell the Whole Story
If you were one of the people hurt in a 2015 or 2016 truck crash, or if your loved one died in one of these accidents, then you know that the statistics do not tell the whole story. They do not reflect the financial loss, the emotional suffering, and the physical pain felt by each victim. They do not reflect the grief of surviving loved ones.
Truck accidents are different than car accidents, but every truck crash victim who has been hurt because of a negligent trucker or trucking company deserves to make a fair recovery. Our experienced legal team is committed to helping individuals do just that after a truck wreck. Please contact us today if you’ve been hurt, and let’s schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights and potential recovery.