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Statistics Show Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crashes More Likely in Certain States

By: Allan M. Siegel

Accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers happen in a lot of different places, and for a lot of different reasons. Although there are many laws and regulations in place to prevent these serious crashes, truck accidents continue to injure and kill thousands of Americans every year all across our country. According to a statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), however, some states see more truck-related injuries and deaths than others.

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Conducted by the NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, the statistical study focused on data regarding the total number of commercial tractor-trailers involved in deadly crashes in proportion to the total vehicle population in 2012.

Here are some findings from the study:

  • Large trucks accounted for roughly 8.3% - or 3,802 - of fatal vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2012.
  • 697 truck drivers died in crashes, and 25,000 more were injured.
  • Approximately 381 non-occupants - pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. - died in tractor-trailer crashes. 3,000 more were injured.
  • North Dakota had the highest ratio of truck-related fatalities, while Texas had the highest percentage of fatal truck accidents overall.
  • According to the statistics, states with the highest risks of fatal tractor-trailer accidents include: North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • States with the lowest risks of fatal tractor-trailer accidents include: Massachusetts, Hawaii, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.

Although risks may be proportionately higher in certain states, all states across the country, including Virginia, Maryland, and the the District of Columbia, see tragic tractor-trailer accidents injure and kill innocent people on a regular basis. Often, these casualties are caused by the negligence of truck drivers or companies that fail to comply with crucial safety regulations.

Ultimately, these statistics lend further credibility to the argument that commercial trucks are killing Americans at alarming rates. As we mentioned in our blog last month, crash data like this should be driving the movement to create tighter regulations over the trucking industry, including regulations that directly target driver fatigue, improper vehicle maintenance, unsafe cargo loads, and more.

Victims injured in tractor-trailer accidents - as well as families who lose loved ones in fatal crashes - may have the right to recover compensation for their damages. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our attorneys have spent many years handling truck accident cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, many of which involved serious safety violations. We know what to look for in these cases, how to fight back against trucking companies and their insurance providers, and how to secure the compensation victims and families need to repair their lives.

If you have questions about your legal rights after a tractor-trailer accident, contact our firm for a FREE, no obligation case evaluation.