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How Common are Truck Crashes?

Evaluating the Trends

Since 1975, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has been tracking the number of people who lose their lives in truck accidents. These reports assess these crashes compared with a specific list of factors, including:

  • Type of vehicle involved
  • Type of roadway
  • Time of Day
  • Role in the crash (motor vehicle occupant, pedestrian, truck occupant, etc.)
  • Miles traveled

Here are some key things we have learned about the commonality of truck accidents in a 43-year span.

The Rate is Consistent

The IIHS reports highlight that there has been a pretty consistent amount of truck accident deaths over the last 43 years. These annual numbers range anywhere from 3,147 to 6,539 fatalities, with the largest amount occurring in 1979. Trucker strikes and the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 likely contributed to the significant change in these accidents following this spike.

High Risk Groups

Consistently through the study's duration, occupants of passenger vehicles involved in these crashes are over four times as likely to suffer fatal injuries than any other group. Since 2010, however, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians have begun overtaking the truck occupants in terms of fatalities. Of the 4,136 people killed in truck accidents in 2018, this is how the fatalities were distributed among these groups:

  • 2,786 motor vehicle occupants (about 67%).
  • 678 truck occupants (about 16%).
  • 619 pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists (about 15%).

Since the IIHS began reporting these statistics, the rate of fatalities in truck occupants has decreased by nearly 6% while the other groups fluctuate.

Where and When

Unlike most other car accidents that occur during the evening, the most deadly truck crashes happen midday to early afternoon. Likewise, more of these accidents happen during weekdays instead of the weekends, when other motor vehicle accidents are likely to occur.

Despite the disparities between these significant accidents, a common ground is that motor vehicle accidents are extremely common, and motorists should proceed with caution when driving near large trucks.

Call the Lake Charles Truck Accident Attorneys

Hinch and Associates PLC is a well-respected attorney when it comes to fighting for victims of truck accidents. Our firm has helped dozens of people recover thousands in damages from a truck driver's negligence and will work with you or your family to get the best possible outcome.

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