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How do pickup truck accidents compare with car accidents?

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2023 | Car Accidents, Truck Accidents |

When it comes to picking a vehicle in Georgia, drivers have choices. Some opt for large rides like pickup trucks while others prefer smaller cars. Regardless of vehicle choice, accidents still happen; this is how accidents between pickups and cars compare.

Pickup truck accident statistics

More people than ever choose larger vehicles, with pickup trucks being a favorite. Unfortunately, they pose higher risks of danger to others on the road. Pedestrians are also more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or death when pickup trucks are on the road. This is because blind spots make them invisible to the driver while making turns.

Drivers of pickups are less likely to wear their seatbelts. This also presents risks in the event of a crash as the person can be ejected from the vehicle. Those who live in rural areas may ride in the bed of the family’s pickup truck, which is also highly dangerous. When an accident occurs, people can be killed.

Overall, 74% of fatal motor vehicle accidents involve a truck. On average, those riding a pickup have a higher risk of death. Rollover accidents are also common with pickup trucks; those vehicles account for 27% of those accidents.

Car accident statistics

Smaller passenger cars are involved in around 6 million accidents annually. Out of those car accidents, 1.3 million people die. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, passengers are most likely to die in crashes.

Out of all the car accidents involving passenger vehicles, driver error accounts for 90%. This includes factors such as distracted driving, drowsy driving and failing to maintain the vehicle. Other causes of car accidents are poor weather conditions and reckless driving. Young male drivers between 16 and 19 years of age are the most at risk of getting into a crash.