When professionals look into accidents to mine information to assist with implementing strategies to reduce them, they like to look over statistics. Statistics may not tell the whole story, but they give a good insight into potential areas that require attention.
Truck accident statistics have a lot to teach and could help in the reduction of these serious accidents. After all, when a truck is in an accident, it is typically the passengers in the other vehicle who take the brunt of the injuries and damage, so finding ways to reduce these accidents is in the best interest of everyone.
Truck accidents outweigh truck presence
An interesting fact is that out of all registered vehicles on the roadways, only 4 percent are large trucks. However, trucks are on the road more often than other types of vehicles because their purpose is the transport of goods. They do represent about 10 percent of all the miles traveled on roads.
Trucks are not as huge of a risk as others
With trucks making up a small portion of the vehicles on the road, it is not surprising that they are only involved in about 9 percent of all fatal accidents. These statistics show that even though they may seem deadly or dangerous, it is other drivers on the road who are more likely to cause an accident. However, the number of large truck accidents has increased since 2016 by 5 percent.
The takeaways here are that trucks are not as big of a hazard as it may seem. However, when they do get into an accident, the chances are high that there will be serious injuries or fatalities.