Types of Truck Accidents

Trucking Accidents – Some Facts to Know

Despite the serious consequences of trucking accidents and the numerous truck accident lawsuits that have been filed, statistics show that truck accidents are still at an all-time high. Learn more about truck accidents and the sobering statistics below.

Semi-Truck & Heavy Truck Accident Statistics

  • Nearly thirteen percent of the 15.5 million trucks in the U.S. are semis, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers
  • About 98% of all semi accidents result in at least one fatality
  • For every 100 million miles driven on U.S. roadways, there are 2.3 deaths and 60.5 injuries caused by big rigs
  • Fatal tractor-trailer accidents cost Americans over $20 billion each year, $13.1 billion of which is the cost associated with loss of quality of life

Commercial Truck Accident Statistics

  • $59,150 is the average cost of a commercial truck accident
  • Nearly 90% of commercial truck accidents are caused or worsened by human error—either by the truck driver, other drivers, other vehicle passengers, etc.
  • About 75% of commercial truck accidents are caused by drivers of other smaller passenger vehicles, rather than the truck driver
  • Driver fatigue is responsible for roughly 30% of all commercial truck accidents

Truck Accident Injury Statistics

  • About 130,000 people are injured each year in truck collisions
  • About 22% of all truck accidents result in injuries
  • About 70% of truck accidents result in only property damage with no injuries or deaths

Fire Truck Accident Statistics

  • There are nearly 2,500 fire truck accidents in the U.S. each year
  • From 1998 to 2007, at least ten firefighters were killed in fire truck crashes each year
  • Rollover accidents can account for 66% of all deadly fire truck accidents

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Truck Accident Statistics

The U.S. Department of Transportation Reports That:

  • About 500,000 trucking collisions occur yearly.

  • 5,000 of these accidents are fatal.

  • 87,000+ of these truck accidents result in injury.

  • Nearly 90% of all truck crashes are caused by human error.

  • 3 in every 4 crashes are caused by another passenger car—not the truck driver.

  • Only 1% of truck accidents are caused by truck driver intoxication.

  • Fatigue accounts for 30% of truck driver caused accidents.