Trucking accidents – accidents involving semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles – can be extremely serious. When a passenger car is struck by a large truck, the results can be catastrophic for the driver and passengers.
What are the major causes of truck accidents? How severe are these accidents?
The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) delves into these questions. The study consists of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Here are some interesting statistics from the LTCCS study:
- Driver error: Drivers of large semi trucks are 10 times more likely to be the cause of the accident than other factors (such as road conditions, weather, etc.)
- Number of vehicles involved: 51 percent of truck accidents involved 2 vehicles; 24 percent involved 3 or more vehicles; 25 percent involved just the truck
- Severity of crash: 23 percent of accidents resulted in fatalities; 29 percent resulted in incapacitating injuries; 48 percent resulted in non-incapacitating injuries
- Location of crash: 63 percent of crashes occurred in urban areas; 36 percent occurred in rural areas
- Type of crash (from the perspective of the truck):
- Rear-end crash – 24 percent
- Driving off the road – 16 percent
- Sideswipe – 12 percent
- Intersecting vehicles – 7 percent
- Rollover crash – 6 percent
- Hitting an object in the roadway – 5 percent
- Factors contributing to the crash: These are the most common factors that caused or contributed to the accident:
- Prescription drug use
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roads
- Over the counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
- Driver fatigue
- Under pressure or job-related stress
If you have been injured in a truck accident and wish to speak to an attorney in a free consultation, please call Cutter Law P.C., at 888-285-3333.