John R. Fuller P.C.

1736 Race Street
Denver, CO 80206

(303) 597-4500

Trucking Accident Facts and Statistics

Denver Trucking Accident Attorney

  • There were over 4,200 fatal trucking accidents throughout the United States in 2008
  • There were over 14,045 bus accidents and over 129,000 trucking accidents in the United States in 2008
  • Approximately every 16 minutes a person is injured or killed in a large trucking accident.
  • Large trucking accidents can involve 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, big rigs, semi trucks and hazmat trucks.
  • These trucking accidents accounted for nearly 100,000 injuries
  • The most common defective products on large trucks were brake defects and tire defects—and they directly contributed to trucking accidents across the United States
  • Truck drivers who drove for more than 8 hours in a row were more than 2x more likely to be involved in a trucking accident
  • Failure to keep in the proper lane and driving over the speed limit were the top two causes of trucking accidents
  • A large truck is defined as any vehicle that weighs over 10,000 pounds.
  • Because of their size, a large truck is more likely to be involved in fatal accidents
  • The majority of fatal trucking accidents occur during the daytime and on weekdays
  • When a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle, 98% of all fatalities occur to the people in passenger vehicles
  • In Colorado there were 2,366 large trucking accidents in 2007
  • In 2007, there were 92 fatal trucking accidents and 2,389 non fatal trucking accidents in the state of Colorado
  • In 2008, 29.22% of all traffic violations concerning large trucks were moving violations such as speeding and improper lane changing.
  • Every day there are over 800,000 shipments of hazardous material being transported throughout the United States.
  • When a hazmat truck is involved in a trucking accident, the results are likely to be far more catastrophic, due to the dangerous materials involved.
  • There are 2 U.S. Departments that oversee large truck safety. These 2 departments are the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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