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What are the latest statistics on truck crashes?

The latest statistics on large truck crashes were published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for the year 2013. According to the FMCSA, 327,000 crashes involving big trucks were reported by police officers that year. Approximately 1 percent of them (3,541) involved one or more fatalities. Approximately 21 percent (69,000) of them involved one or more non-fatal injuries.

Of the fatal collisions that involved big trucks, about 64 percent of them happened on rural roadways, and about 25 percent of them happened on Interstate highways, either in rural or urban areas. Thirty-four percent of fatal truck crashes and 22 percent of injurious truck crashes happened between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Eighty-four percent of fatal crashes and 89 percent of non-fatal crashes happened from Monday through Friday.

According to the statistics, the most harmful event that can happen in a truck accident is a rollover. Five percent of fatal truck crashes and 2 percent of non-fatal truck crashes involved a rollover.

Work zones are particularly dangerous areas, where numerous truck accidents happen each year. Twenty-eight percent of fatal accidents in work zones involved a big truck in 2013 and 11 percent of injurious ones involved a big truck.

The dangers relating to big rigs are very real. These monstrous vehicles stop and maneuver slowly and they have poor visibility when it comes to vehicles around them. Furthermore, fatal truck crashes appear to be on the rise. In 2013, 11.2 fatal truck accidents happened for every million Americans, which was a 6 percent rise from 2010. Due to the very real and increasing dangers relating to big rigs, motor vehicle drivers are advised to use extreme caution whenever big rigs are present on the roadway.

Source: fmcsa.dot.gov, "Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2013," accessed July 14, 201

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