Whether you drive a car, ride a motorcycle, walk or bike, you need to keep an eye out for hazards on the road and take steps to avoid a traffic accident. Unfortunately, some drivers do not pay attention to traffic safety guidelines and certain vehicles, such as large trucks, are especially dangerous when a collision occurs.
It is vital for trucking companies, large truck drivers and all road users to understand how prevalent large truck collisions are. Each year, these crashes turn many lives upside down as a result of serious injuries and even death.
How many truck accident victims sustain injuries?
According to data published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 121,000 large truck and bus accidents resulted in injuries during 2018. In fact, this represents a significant increase in comparison to previous years. During 2016, 112,000 large truck and bus accidents caused injuries and 60,000 such accidents took place over the course of 2009. Over 5,000 fatal accidents involved large trucks and buses during 2018.
How many large truck and bus crashes occur every year?
The FMCSA states that law enforcement received reports of roughly 499,000 large truck and bus collisions throughout 2018. Most of these accidents took place between Monday and Friday, but many of these accidents happen on the weekend as well.
On an annual basis, many serious collisions involve large trucks. If a careless truck driver recently caused a crash that left you or a loved one injured, you need to pore over all of your options as you try to move forward from the wreck.