National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides you a brief overview of Truck Accident Statistics, and also shows how the moving giants on the road are creating fear among the common residents of America.
As the trucking industry rakes in over $1 billion a year and dominates American roads, a greater number of truck drivers, other motorists, and pedestrians are put at risk. Trucking accidents today are becoming a major concern to all people who use the roadways of America.
Here are some eye openers:-
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2002, 11% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities reported involved a heavy truck.
416,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes in the Unites States in 2004.
4,862 trucks were involved in fatal crashes.
The number of people who died in truck accidents in 2004 was 5,190.
An additional 116,000 people were injured in those crashes.
Large trucks are much more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash, as opposed to a fatal-single-vehicle crash.
Most fatal truck accidents, nearly 66%, occur in rural areas during daytime and on weekdays. During the week, 74% of the crashes occur during the daytime and on weekends 62% occur at night.
The percentage of drivers of large trucks involved in fatal crashes that had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher was 1% in the year 2004.
About 27% of all large truck drivers involved in fatal truck accidents had at least one speeding conviction compared to 19% of the passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes.
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