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How Common are Trucking Accidents?

Seeing a semi-truck involved in an accident is not something new. Whether the accident was because the semi-driver was at fault, there was a mechanical problem with the truck, or another reason, these types of accidents can have serious repercussions. Even though you may not see a semi-truck involved in an accident every day, you may be surprised how frequently these types of accidents do happen.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) publishes a report titled Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts each year. The most recent publication has statistics from 2019. Here are some key highlights from the report:

  • There were nearly 510,000 reported crashes involving large vehicles.
  • More than 5,000 large vehicles were involved in fatal crashes. This was an increase of 2% from 2018.
  • More than half of all fatal accidents involving large vehicles happened in rural areas. The report found that 57% of these types of fatal crashes were on rural roads, 25% were on interstate highways, and 13% occurred on rural interstate highways.
  • There were approximately 119,000 large vehicles involved in injury crashes. This is a 6% increase from 2018.
  • Roughly 414,000 large vehicles were involved in property damage crashes. This was the same amount of property damage-only crashes involving large vehicles in 2018.
  • While driving during the night is when many assume most accidents happened, that is not the case for accidents involving large vehicles. Of the 510,000 accidents involving large vehicles, 36% of fatal crashes, 22% of injury crashes, and 20% of property damage-only crashes occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • A majority of all large vehicle crashes happened during weekdays (Monday-Friday) versus weekends (Saturday-Sunday). 83% of fatal crashes and 86% of nonfatal crashes occurred on weekdays.

What To Do If You Are Injured In a Trucking Accident

Accidents involving semi-trucks can sometimes be unavoidable. However, if you were not at fault for the accident, you should be entitled to fair compensation.

If you want to pursue damages against a semi-truck driver or company, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at The Roth Firm, LLC will guide you through the steps to take. We will work to get you the best outcome possible so you can go back to living your life.

Contact our experienced team today online or by phone — (404) 777-4899