As a previous post highlighted, Pennsylvanian truck safety is imperative. However, despite the efforts to address the causes of truck crashes, such as driving errors, serious and fatal trucks still occur. Commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks and 18-wheelers play an important role in society, which makes it vital to understand the severity of the situation.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were roughly 327,000 police-reported truck crashes in 2013. Out of those accidents involving commercial trucks, 3,541 or 1 percent resulted in at least one fatality, while around 69,000 or 21 percent resulted in at least one non-fatal injury. With regards to the fatal truck accidents, almost two-thirds occurred on rural roads, while approximately 25 percent happened on rural or urban Interstate highways.
While most of the truck collisions that year involved two or more vehicles, about 22 percent of fatal truck crashes were characterized as single-vehicle crashes. This category also made up those crashes involving pedestrians, bicyclists and non-motorized vehicles. The actual collision of the truck was the first harmful event of the incident in about 73 percent of fatal crashes, while rollover was the first harmful event in 5 percent of crashes involving large trucks.
While these statistics are not exhaustive of the harm truck accidents can cause, this helps illustrate the concerning numbers related to accidents involving commercial trucks. Those harmed in a truck crash should understand that there are recourses available to both victims and the loved ones of the deceased. A personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death claim could help those impacted by the truck crash recover compensation for their losses and damages.
Source: Fmcsa.DoT.gov, "Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2013," accessed on Oct. 12, 2015