Shocking Truck Wreck StatisticsJanuary 13, 2017
It should come as no surprise that truck wrecks are dangerous and potentially life threatening. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the department in charge with regulating the trucking industry, has compiled statistics on truck wrecks from 2014. Here are some shocking truck wreck statistics and how they relate to your truck wreck case.
In 2014, there were approximately 411,000 report crashes involving 18-wheelers. Of these wrecks, 3,424 resulted in at least one fatality and 82,000 resulted in a nonfatal injury. Approximately 9.3 fatal wrecks occur every day. Over 14% of truck wreck fatalities occurred in Texas, the second largest percentage in the United States. Some trucking experts estimate that the trucking industry will grow by over 21% through 2023. Unfortunately, with more and more trucks on the road, more wrecks are likely to occur in Texas.
Incredibly, 12.9% of drivers had at least one previously recorded crash prior to the fatal collision. Additionally, 17.7% of drivers had at least one speeding conviction at the time of the fatal collision. Even worse, 8.2% of drivers had a previously recorded CDL suspension or revocation at the time of the fatal collision. With respect to fatal crashes, 5% of the drivers of trucks were under the age of 25 and 6% were over the age of 66. Trucking companies should be on alert that these drivers are unsafe and possibly unfit for driving, whether it is due to inexperience, age, or prior driving history. Negligent entrustment is a difficult cause of action to establish in Texas, but the task is much easier when trucking companies continue to allow unsafe drivers on the road.
If you or a loved have been involved in a truck wreck and has suffered injuries as a result of the negligence of another person, please contact us immediately. The attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm have successfully handled complex truck wreck cases and can help you hold all responsible parties liable in order to obtain any possible compensation for your injuries. Contact us for a free consultation.