Most years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, performs studies and keeps data on the number of crashes in the country. The agency does this to identify areas of concern and to provide data to those who can address those issues.
The statistics for 2019, the latest released, are out, and they show an increased number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses in the United States. According to the statistics, there had previously been a 34% decrease in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses in a previously studied time frame between 2005 and 2009, but that number increased by 47% in the following decade. From 2018 to 2019, the increase was only 1%, but overall, there has been a hike in fatal crashes with these vehicles involved over time.
Just between 2016 and 2019, there was a marked increase in the number of injury crashes involving buses or large trucks. That was at a rate of 13%, going from 112,000 crashes in 2016 to 127,000 in 2019.
Large-truck crash injuries are on the rise
Statistically, the number of large-truck crashes resulting in injuries increased by six percent between 2018 and 2019. The total number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by two percent, leading to an additional 96 deaths. However, when looking at the rate by 100 million miles traveled, the increase is actually four percent.
What do these statistics mean for you?
What these statistics may show is an increase in crashes and deaths related to large trucks and buses on the roads around the country. If you are going to be driving around these vehicles, it’s important that you take steps to stay safe, such as monitoring the driver’s behaviors, giving them plenty of room and avoiding driving in blind spots.
If you are injured, keep in mind that you have a right to pursue a personal injury claim against an at-fault driver. Truck drivers have a responsibility to be safe on the roads and should be taking steps to avoid serious collisions. When they are reckless and harm someone, then that victim should have the right to seek fair compensation for their injuries.