Large Trucks are Causing More Injuries
If you drive down I-75 or I-4 at any time of the day, you are bound to be next to or close to a large semi-truck or other kind of truck on the way. These massive vehicles can easily cause huge damage if they were to collide with you or another car. A large truck according to the NHTSA is any “medium or heavy truck excluding buses and motor homes with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds.
In 2015, these large trucks killed 4,067 people and injured 116,000. Those numbers are up 5% from 2014’s statistics. These numbers are also the highest number of occupants of other vehicles (2,990) killed since 2008. Over a 10-year period there has been a 10% increase in the total number of people injured in these large-truck crashes. In 2006 there were 106,000 people injured compared to 116,000 in 2015. What could be contributed to this higher number of both injuries and fatalities is definitely driver distractions.
These distractions might include:
- Texting or general phone usage
- Driver drowsiness and fatigue
- Inattentive behavior due to long hours on the road
According to the NHTSA only 2% of large-truck drivers in fatal crashes had a BAC over the legal limit. Compare that to 21% for regular vehicles.
The NHTSA did find that large-truck drivers have the highest percent of previously recorded crashes compared to drivers of other vehicle types. At least 21% of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior speeding conviction.
Florida had the third largest number of large-trucks (215) involved in fatal crashes in 2015 and the third highest number of total fatalities. In both statistics Florida follows California and Texas.
These crashes were found to occur most often on a weekday, during the day. And the happened on mostly rural non-interstate roads.
Taking all of these numbers and having a takeaway from them would be that, truck accidents and truck crash fatalities and injuries are happening more and more. With congested roads, more distractions and tuck drivers with a prior accident history, drivers need to take extra precaution when driving around these trucks.