The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data on semi truck accidents has pinpointed a sobering trend: the number of crashes resulting in death or catastrophic injury is on the rise, even as motor vehicle accidents overall are dropping.
In its May 2014 report analyzing recent truck accident data, the NHTSA noted that 3,921 people died and over 104,000 people were injured in large truck accidents in 2012. These numbers represented an increase of four percent in truck crash deaths and an 18 percent increase in serious injuries. Seventy-three percent of those injured or killed in these crashes were in a passenger vehicle that collided with the large truck.
Large trucks account for 4 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States, but they are involved in 8 percent of all fatal vehicle crashes in the United States. They are also more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes than passenger vehicles, which are more likely to be involved in fatal single-vehicle crashes like rollovers, according to the NHTSA.
Since the NHTSA defines “large truck” as any truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more, these numbers include not only fully-loaded tractor-trailers – which may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds – but also smaller “box” and delivery trucks, from tankers used to haul water for agriculture to the familiar trucks used by delivery companies to transport packages.
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