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Five “Must-Know” Facts About Truck Accidents

Posted on January 10, 2022

Big truck wrecks are on the rise, according to an article in Policy Advice, which reported concerning statistics about truck accidents with passenger cars. Here are the five fast facts you need to know:

1. There’s been a 52% increase in truck accidents since 2009.

Despite a general decrease in motor vehicle accidents, the number of 18-wheeler crashes has increased in the past couple of years. Trucks weighing between 10,000 and 14,000 lbs. saw the largest rise in accidents. Tractor-trailers exceeding 26,000 lbs. had a death rate rise of 5.8%.

2. Large trucks were involved in 74% of all fatal crashes.

The majority -- 74% -- of fatal truck accidents involved tractor-trailers, while 27% involved single-unit trucks. A large truck with cargo can weigh 40 tons while a passenger car is just about 2.5 tons. It’s easy to see how a truck’s weight could overwhelm a passenger car. Due to their size and weight, trucks require long braking distances, preventing them from quickly stopping to avoid an accident.

3. Tire defects are the most common cause of truck accidents.

Truck defects are common causes of accidents, with tires taking the top spot at 30%. Other contributors include defects with wheels, brakes, electronic systems, and steering wheels.

4. Most truck accidents occur during the day.

Statistics show that most truck accidents occur during the day between noon and 3 pm. In addition, accidents are more common on Thursdays. In 2017, 18% of all truck-related accidents occurred on Thursday, followed by Tuesday and Friday, which together saw 34% of the crashes.

5. The majority of truck fatalities are passenger vehicle occupants.

In 2017, 68% of the people who died in truck crashes were in the passenger vehicle. In 2018, 67% of fatalities were passenger vehicle occupants and only 16% were truck drivers.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, a Philadelphia law firm experienced in handling trucking accident lawsuits can help you understand your legal rights. Contact us to arrange a convenient time to speak.