Truck accidents are more common during the winter months for obvious reasons.  Large trucks are so big, powerful, and heavy that they are inherently at a greater chance of being involved in a fatal collision. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) reported that large trucks account for about 10% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes even though they only make up 4% of all registered vehicles (this includes both commercial and non-commercial vehicles). 

Truck Accidents Increasing

There has been an increase in fatalities involving large trucks over the past 5 years. In 2019, 5,005 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, a 2% increase from 2018, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It's true that truck drivers have to be especially cautious on the road. They're behind the wheel of a huge machine that has the power to kill. They work long hours and have tight deadlines, so it's easy to imagine them struggling to get the job done safely.

Breakdown of Large-Truck Fatal Crashes according to the NSC

  • Occupants of other vehicles make up 71 % of deaths involving large trucks
  • Truck occupants make up 17% of deaths involving large trucks
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists make up 11% of deaths involving large trucks

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As Kansas City truck accident lawyers, we can help you if you've been injured in a truck accident. Contact us online or give us a call at (816) 842-7100 today to speak with a truck accident attorney for free about your case.

Sources:

National Safety Council analysis of NHTSA’s CRSS and Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data files.
National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2019, January). Large trucks: 2019 data. (Traffic Safety Facts. Report No. DOT HS 812 663). Washington, DC: NHTSA.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
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