Truck accidents are more likely to cause serious injury or death than similar accidents involving only pedestrian vehicles. Factors such as the weight of large trucks and tractor-trailers contribute to the catastrophic damage in these collisions.

Review these statistics about accidents involving large trucks from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to understand the causes and possible safety measures.

Truck accident trends

According to the most recent available FMCSA data, truck and bus fatalities increased by 9% between 2016 and 2017. Deaths in large vehicle accidents since 2000 peaked at 5,231 in 2005 and reached their lowest point in 2009 with 3,432.

Injuries in this type of crash have increased by 12% between 2002 and 2017. The nation also saw a 4% increase in truck and bus accident injuries between 2016 and 2017.

Types of vehicles

During the decade from 2007 to 2017, fatal large vehicle crashes involved:

  • School buses – 40%
  • Transit buses – 35%
  • City buses – 13%

The number of fatal crashes involving trucks increased by 10% over that same period. Injuries involving large trucks increased by 5%.

Crash circumstances

Most large vehicle crashes during the study period involved another motor vehicle, including 63% of fatal accidents. Many truck or bus crashes in the study also involved a large vehicle and a pedestrian or cyclist. This category represented 20% of fatalities and 15% of injuries.

The majority of fatal truck and bus crashes, 57%, occurred in rural areas, while 27% occurred on interstate highways. Some crashes, 13%, occurred on rural interstate highways.

Texas drivers should use caution when traveling near a bus, large truck or tractor-trailer. Staying visible and leaving plenty of space can eliminate many serious truck accidents.