Have you ever wondered how many tractor-trailer and large vehicle accidents occur on the road each year? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has compiled data from 1975-2014 to track trends in vehicle safety and crashes. Here are some of the highlights of their findings:
- In 2014, almost 4,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents
- From 2013-2014, the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 21% (88,000 accidents in all). There were also 346,000 large trucks involved in property damage during that time.
- Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by large trucks increased by 1.5 percent from 2013-2014
Commercial truck drivers are a significant cause of motor vehicle accidents . 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, passengers and other vehicles often bear the brunt of their illegal activity and are often seriously injured or die from a resulting collision. 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.
To read more of the FMCSA's statistics, please click here.