- In 2010, there were more than 115,000 18 wheeler accidents on U.S. roads. 3,285 of those involved one or more deaths and 44,310 resulted in injuries.
- Almost 70,000 accidents resulted in the towing of vehicles.
- In Texas, there were 12,595 truck wrecks in 2010. 370 of those resulted in death and 4,777 caused injury.
- In Texas, there were 7,448 towaway crashes.
- Texas truck accident injuries amounted to more than 6,400 in 2010.
- Since 2006, 18 wheeler accidents in Texas have steadily declined. 18,000+ wrecks occurred in 2006, compared to 12,000 in 2010.
- 3% of all fatal 18 wheeler accidents involved trucks carrying hazardous materials. Substance was released in 34 percent of those accidents.
Injuries & Fatalities in 18 Wheeler Accidents
18 wheelers and semi-trucks often inflict injuries and cause fatalities when involved in a wreck due to their immense weight and size. According to the most recent data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these injuries and fatalities are on the decline.
- In 2010, 3,675 people were killed by large trucks. 80,000 more were injured.
- Of the deaths reported in 2010, 14 percent were the truck drivers themselves. 25 percent of the injuries reported were truck occupants.
- From 2001 through 2010, the number of fatal crashes declined almost 30 percent.
- From 2007 through 2010, the number of injuries declined by 18 percent.
Causes and Factors in 18 Wheeler Accidents
Truck accidents can happen for a number of reasons. Truck drivers could be tired, operating their vehicles recklessly, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, weather conditions, truck malfunctions, and other outside factors could be to blame.
- According to the FMCSA, 3% of truck drivers involved in fatal crashes tested positive with a blood alcohol content level of at least .01.
- Driver error or negligence caused more than 30 percent of fatal crashes. These factors included speeding, distracted driving, and failure to yield right of way.
- 14 percent of truck crashes in 2010 were due to poor weather conditions. Rain was the most common cause reported.
- Trucks crossing the center line accounted for 87% of fatal head-on collisions in 2010. 13% were caused by a passenger vehicle.
- 4% of fatal 18 wheeler accidents in 2010 were caused by rollovers.
- 76 percent of rear-end wrecks in 2010, were caused by passenger vehicles. 24% were the fault of the truck driver.
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