Nationwide Truck Accident Facts and Statistics
Thousands of truck accidents happen every year, but they are more prevalent in some states when compared to others. Many times, the states with the highest number of trucking accidents are transportation hubs or have busy international ports where they ship and receive goods. In the unimaginable event that you are involved in a truck accident, it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney.
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Where Do Most Truck Accidents Happen in the U.S.?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that Texas leads the nation in the number of fatal trucking accidents. In 2020, there were 622 large trucks involved in deadly accidents. California had the second-highest number of fatal trucking accidents with 384 and Florida rounded out the top three with 351.
States with the highest number of fatal trucking accidents:
In the event that you are involved in a large truck accident, you need to speak to an attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and whether you are eligible to pursue a claim for damages. It is important to act quickly as you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit based on personal injury or wrongful death.
How Many Trucking Accidents Are There Each Year?
Each year approximately 5000 people are killed in trucking accidents throughout the country. According to the latest data provided by the National Safety Council (NSC), there were 4,965 large truck-related deaths in 2020.
Of the 4,965 people killed in trucking accidents last year:
- 17% were truck drivers (831 people)
- 13% were non-occupants (622 people)
- 71% were occupants of other vehicles (3,512 people)
Occupants of other vehicles are overwhelmingly more likely to be killed in trucking accidents compared to the driver of a truck or a non-occupant. As reported by the NSC, over 70% of the people killed in large truck accidents were occupants of other vehicles. Only 17% were the truck drivers themselves and 13% were non-occupants.
What States Have the Highest Percentage of Large Trucks Involved in Fatal Accidents?
The NSC reports on large truck accidents and related fatalities. Information provided by the NSC includes states with the largest number of fatal truck accidents and the states with the highest percentage of large trucks involved in deadly incidents.
These states have the largest percentage of trucks involved in fatal accidents:
- Wyoming – 19%
- Idaho – 16%
- Nebraska – 16%
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