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TRUCK ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY DRIVER OR TRUCK ERROR ARE FAR TOO COMMON

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there were approximately 120,000 fatal and injury crashes nationwide that involved a large truck during a 33-month study period.

Of those truck accidents in the study, 87% were caused by driver error; 10% were caused by problems with the truck; and only 3% were caused by the environment.

Truck safety and preventing accidents is a major safety concern, and the Federal and State government have implemented regulations to ensure safety. Some truck drivers and companies take those regulations seriously and some do not...which predictably results in injuries.

The general trend has been a decrease in truck accidents, which has been spurred by increased safety regulations resulting from serious accidents and litigation.

However serious accidents still occur far too frequently, sometimes resulting in very serious injuries and even death. The following is a table of crash severity taken from the Federal Motor Carries Safety Administration's statistics, which has information on the first accident for a truck or driver and the severity of the crash:

Crashes Involving Large Trucks by First Harmful Event and Crash Severity:

First Harmful Event

Single-Vehicle

Multiple-Vehicle

Total


Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent


Fatal Crashes


Collision with Vehicle in Transport

0

0.0%

2,227

93.4%

2,227

74.6%


Collision with Fixed Object

189

31.3%

63

2.6%

252

8.4%


Collision with Pedestrian

204

33.8%

23

1.0%

227

7.6%


Overturn (Rollover)

95

15.8%

34

1.4%

129

4.3%


Collision with Pedalcycle

54

9.0%

0

0.0%

54

1.8%


Collision with Parked Motor Vehicle

17

2.8%

7

0.3%

24

0.8%


Collision with Train

12

2.0%

0

0.0%

12

0.4%


Collision with Other Object

7

1.2%

8

0.3%

15

0.5%


Collision with Animal

3

0.5%

6

0.3%

9

0.3%


Explosion/Fire

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

0

0.0%


Other

14

2.3%

5

0.2%

19

0.6%


Unknown

8

1.3%

11

0.5%

19

0.6%


Total

603

100.0%

2,384

100.0%

2,987

100.0%


Injury Crashes


Collision with Vehicle in Transport

*

*

42,000

96.3%

42,000

81.9%


Collision with Fixed Object

3,000

40.0%

1,000

2.6%

4,000

8.1%


Collision with Pedestrian

*

6.4%

*

*

1,000

1.0%


Overturn (Rollover)

3,000

37.6%

*

0.3%

3,000

5.9%


Collision with Pedalcycle

*

4.2%

*

*

*

0.6%


Collision with Parked Motor Vehicle

*

4.9%

*

0.1%

*

0.8%


Collision with Train

*

1.4%

*

*

*

*


Collision with Other Object

*

0.8%

*

0.2%

*

0.3%


Collision with Animal

*

1.5%

*

*

*

0.2%


Jackknife

*

0.5%

*

0.4%

*

0.4%


Explosion/Fire

*

*

*

*

*

*


Other

*

2.6%

*

*

*

0.4%


Total

8,000

100.0%

44,000

100.0%

51,000

100.0%


Property Damage Only Crashes


Collision with Vehicle in Transport

*

*

147,000

97.8%

147,000

63.5%


Collision with Fixed Object

25,000

31.0%

2,000

1.3%

27,000

11.7%


Collision with Pedestrian

*

*

*

*

*

*


Overturn (Rollover)

3,000

3.7%

*

*

3,000

1.4%


Collision with Pedalcycle

*

*

*

*

*

*


Collision with Parked Motor Vehicle

41,000

49.8%

*

*

41,000

17.5%


Collision with Train

*

*

*

*

*

*


Collision with Other Object

2,000

2.4%

*

*

2,000

0.8%


Collision with Animal

7,000

8.2%

*

*

7,000

2.9%


Jackknife

1,000

1.4%

*

*

1,000

0.5%


Explosion/Fire

1,000

1.6%

*

*

1,000

0.6%


Other

1,000

1.8%

1,000

0.7%

2,000

1.1%


Total

81,000

100.0%

151,000

100.0%

232,000

100.0%








If you have been involved in a truck accident and need a personal injury attorney, call McGraw & Strickland at: (575) 323-1529

Las Cruces, NM

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