18 Wheeler Truck Accidents: Alarming Statistics

Commercial trucks, including semi trucks and 18 wheelers, are massive vehicles, often weighing close to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded.  Recently, the number of trucks on U.S. roadways, and Texas highways in particular, has climbed drastically.  Along with this increase in the number of trucks has come an accompanying rise in the incidence of accidents.

The following is a look at some alarming and informative statistics regarding tractor trailers and other large trucks.  It is our hope that these statistics will call your attention to the immense dangers of trucking accident, leading to safer driving while traveling around trucks.

  • Across the U.S., a driver is injured or killed in an accident involving a truck every 16 minutes
  • There are approximately 15.5 million commercial trucks on the road today
  • Approximately 13 percent of these commercial vehicles are semi trucks, tractor trailers, eighteen wheelers, and big rigs
  • Over 400,000 truck accidents occur each year
  • While truck accidents are less common than car accidents, these accidents have a much higher fatality rate
  • Approximately 98 percent of all tractor trailer accidents result in at least one fatality
  • Over 140,000 individuals are injured in truck crashes each year
  • About 5,000 people are killed in truck accidents annually
  • Nearly 90 percent of all commercial truck accidents are caused by or made worse due to human error
  • Semi trucks, tractor trailers, and other large trucks will usually weigh 20 to 30 times the average passenger vehicle
  • In the event of an accident between a truck and a car, the car occupants are far more likely to be injured or killed than truck drivers
  • 70 percent of all fatalities resulting from truck accidents involve the occupants of the passenger vehicle, while 14 percent are the truck drivers and another 14 percent are pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists
  • Driver fatigue is thought to cause about 30 percent of all truck accidents
  • Tractor trailers take a long time to stop, often requiring the entire length of a football field when traveling at a significant rate of speed in order to come to a complete stop
  • Texting truck drivers are 20 times more likely to cause an accident than those focused on the road
  • About 68 percent of all fatal truck accidents will occur in rural areas
  • Approximately 66 percent of all fatal truck accident happen during the day
  • 78 percent of these deadly crashes happen on weekends

Truck drivers have a duty to drive with reasonable care so as to avoid accidents or injury to others.  This includes refraining from operating a truck while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, keeping ones attention on the road, and following all traffic as well as state and federal trucking regulations.  Accidents that result from a truck driver’s failure to use adequate caution will leave them liable for the damages incurred by the victim.

Zinda Law Group:  Helping All Truck Accident Victims Obtain a Full Recovery 

      If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact the Texas Truck Accident Attorneys at Zinda Law Group.  Our experienced truck accident attorneys offer award winning representation for truck accident victim across the state.

We understand the serious consequences of any truck accident and will zealously seek compensation for all your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

We offer a free consultation to new clients and have office locations in Austin and across Texas.  Call Zinda Law Group toll free at (800) 863-5312 to start us fighting for your full recovery.