The number of semi-truck, tractor trailer, and commercial vehicle accidents in the US is staggering. According to The National Safety Council (NSC), here are a few facts relating to large commercial and non-commercial vehicles from 2020:
- There were just under 5,000 fatal crashes involving a large truck
- There were 107,000 crashes involving a large truck that resulted in injury
- 9% of all fatal car crashes involved large trucks
Although these numbers are down by 4% from 2019, it has still increased overall by 33% from the 2011 statistics. And don’t expect these numbers to flatten out in the near future. According to trucking.org, the number of truck drivers employed increased by 3.7% from 2020 to 2021. And with the advancement of vehicle technology, who knows what the future holds for “smart” trucks.
Safety groups have called for the US Department of Transportation to increase safety regulations to stem the death toll due to the increasingly high number of truck, tractor, and commercial vehicle accidents. This is especially true in large states with large commercial truck traffic such as California, Texas, New York, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.
If you or a family member has been hurt or killed in a truck accident in Missouri, Arkansas, or Nebraska, contact us at The Morrissey Law Firm, P.C., for an experienced truck crash attorney to discuss your case. Let us put our over 27 years of experience to work for you.