Leading Causes and Statistics of Large Truck Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a large truck is “any medium or heavy truck, excluding buses and motor homes, with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds. These large trucks can include commercial and non-commercial vehicles.”

  • In 2017, there were 4,761 people killed in crashes involving large trucks.
  • In the state of Maryland in 2017, there were a total of 49 large trucks involved in fatal crashes.
    • Of the national fatalities involving large trucks:
    • 72% were occupants of other vehicles.
    • 18% were occupants of large trucks.
    • 10% were nonoccupants, such as pedestrians, cyclists, etc.
  • In 2017, 79% of large trucks involved in fatal traffic accidents across the nation were heavy large trucks, or those that weigh over 26,000 pounds.

The average person will typically drive to work each day, run errands, and drive their kids to school without thinking much about how safe they are on the road. Whether you’re driving on a busy highway or a city road, there are large trucks, tractor trailers, semi-trucks, whatever you may call them, at nearly every turn.

Whether you realize it or not, your priority is most likely to continue leading your life as you typically do each day. At Murphy Falcon & Murphy, our Baltimore, Maryland law firm strives to make this possible. We make it our priority to fight hard for your rights and to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. As a personal injury law firm, we are dedicated to fighting for our clients and to ensure they can lead a high quality life.

According to the American Trucking Associations, there are 3.68 million Class 8 trucks (weighing more than 33,000 pounds) in operation. While these trucks, the drivers that operate them, and the company’s that manage them are moving billions of dollars worth of goods, and even though the U.S. economy relies on these trucks to keep moving, the fact is that they are involved in thousands of fatalities and have caused thousands of injuries. With the help of a personal injury law firm, they can be held responsible.

Why Are Crashes Happening?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration compiled extensive data with dozens of reports on accidents involving large trucks and found that the following factors caused the highest number of crashes:

  • Speeding of Any Kind (6,662 crashes)
  • Impairment (Fatigue, Alcohol, Illness, etc.) – (6,470 crashes)
  • Failure to Keep in Proper Lane (3,358 crashes)
  • Failure to Yield Right of Way (3,266 crashes)
  • Distraction/inattention (Cell Phone, Lost in Thought, Eating, etc.) – (2,792 crashes)
  • Careless Driving (2,335 crashes)
  • Failure to Obey Actual Traffic Sign, Traffic Control Devices or Traffic Officers; Failure to Obey Safety Zone Traffic Laws (1,752 crashes)
  • Overcorrecting (1,677 crashes)
  • Operating the Vehicle in an Erratic, Reckless, Careless, or Negligent Manner or Operating at Erratic or Suddenly Changing Speeds (1,612 crashes)
  • Vision Obscured (by Weather, Roadway Design, Vehicles, etc.) – (1,237 crashes)

Truck Accident Injuries And Rehabilitation

From the Large Truck and Bus Injury Crash Statistics report, it states that in 2017, there were 170,000 persons injured in large truck and bus crashes. In years prior, numbers haven’t reached this amount since 1999 when 176,000 persons were injured.

Because these vehicles weigh so much, they take longer to stop and the damage they can cause can be significant. Due to the fact that the number one reason why crashes occur is speeding, the severity of the crash is greater. Any person involved in the crash is more likely to sustain injuries that can greatly affect their quality of life, can leave permanent damage, and can cause fatalities. Injuries resulting from a large truck crash vary depending on the intensity of the accident, but can cause spinal and neck injuries, broken bones, head injuries, soft tissue and organ damage, burns, and more.

Murphy Falcon & Murphy is a personal injury law firm working for clients in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland areas. If you have been in a truck accident and have sustained injuries, get in touch with our personal injury lawyers today. We are passionate about protecting our client’s rights and doing what we can to make sure they get the compensation they deserve. If you haven’t been able to work due to injuries and don’t have a reliable income; if your medical bills are adding up and you have expected medical expenses in the future; or if you are suffering from PTSD or depression, you don’t have to fight the insurance company alone. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to fighting for your case. Contact our team today for a consultation.