Regular readers of our Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog know that in our previous post, we took a look at some of truck accident data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). One of the most important points made by the nonprofit organization is that 18-wheelers weigh up to 30 times as much as passenger vehicles and require up to 40 percent more road distance in which to come to a full stop.
Because big rigs are so big, tall and difficult to maneuver and stop, they are involved in an outsized number of accidents involving injuries and fatalities.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that of the nearly half-million 2016 wrecks involving large trucks, slightly more than one fifth (104,000) involved injuries to a passenger vehicle driver or occupant, a truck driver or occupant, or a pedestrian, motorcyclist or bicyclist.
The FMCSA says the majority (62 percent) of fatal crashes involving big trucks involved two vehicles, while 22 percent were single-vehicle wrecks.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of deadly commercial truck crashes are in rural areas (61 percent) and on interstate highways (27 percent). Fatal crashes that were in both rural areas and on interstate highways accounted for 15 percent.
The overwhelming majority of both fatal (84 percent) and nonfatal (88 percent) large truck crashes were on weekdays.
Many truck wrecks involving injuries occur at night (23 percent), though the figure is even higher for crashes involving fatalities (37 percent).
Perhaps the most disturbing statistic shows that 18-wheeler crashes are on the rise. There were 12 fatal big truck crashes per million people in 2016, which was a whopping 13 percent higher than the 10.6 deadly crashes for 2010.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a crash involving a commercial truck, contact an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney.