Did you ever wonder if and how data on trucking accidents is tracked from year to year? Well, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps data every year on statistics surrounding large truck and bus crashes. Their most recent report is from the year 2015, and some of their statistics are startling! Take a look below:
- From 2014-2015, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 8 percent
- In that time time span, the number of buses involved in fatal crashes increased by 11 percent
- Large trucks increased their miles traveled by 0.3 percent, and buses increased by 1.4 percent
- Of the over 400,000 police-reported crashes that had large truck involvement, 1% were fatal crashes and 20% involved documented injuries
- Of those fatal crashes, 20% were single-vehicle, while 64% involved two or more vehicles
- About 60% of those fatal crashes with large trucks were on more rural roads, while 25% were on interstate highways
Tour bus and commercial truck drivers are a significant cause of motor vehicle accidents onAmerica’s roads and highways. Often, these commercial drivers are fatigued and are driving above the mandated allotment of hours. Additionally, many of them are driving large vehicles that are not up to federal and state safety standards. As a result, other vehicles and motorcycle riders often bear the brunt of their illegal activity and are often seriously injured or die from a collision with the tour bus or commercial truck. If you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of a commercial vehicle accident, please contact our law office for a consultation at no cost to you at the Law Offices of Attorney Doug Stoehr at 814-946-4100.
For the official report, please click here.