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Truck Accident Statistics – Important Data on Truck Crashes

Truck Accident Statistics – Important Data on Truck Crashes

July 31, 2012


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the USDOT, truck accident data for 2008 is available and includes the following important information:

  • One out of nine traffic deaths in 2008 resulted from a collision involving a large truck
  • 380,000 large trucks (>10,000 lbs.) were involved in accidents out of the approximate 9,000,000 that were registered
  • As a result of these accidents, 4,229 individuals lost their lives, broken down as follows:
  • * 677 were truck drivers or truck occupants
    * 3,139 were occupants in other vehicles other than a truck
    * 413 were non-motor vehicle deaths (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.)

  • Additionally, 90,000 injuries were sustained in those accidents
  • In 2008, roughly 2% of drivers operating large trucks that were involved in fatal crashes had a Blood Alcohol Content level of .08 or higher
  • Total # of Vehicles Involved in Fatal Crashes Broken Down By State (Top 10):
  • 1. California (4,749)
    2. Texas (4,619)
    3. Florida (4,227)
    4. Georgia (2,070)
    5. Pennsylvania (2,030)
    6. North Carolina (1,892)
    7. New York (1,703)
    8. Ohio (1,649)
    9. Illinois (1,437)
    10. Michigan (1,414)

For more detailed information on the above stats, you may download the NHTSA PDF guide here