Commercial trucking companies and drivers know they have a responsibility to maintain their vehicles and operate them safely at all times. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and may result in serious accidents.

From trucker fatigue to faulty brakes and more, any number of factors may contribute to crashes involving semi-trucks.

A steady increase in truck fatalities

According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 553 people were killed in large truck crashes across Texas in 2014, representing 15.5% of all vehicular fatalities that year. In the subsequent two years, 567 and 602 people died in these accidents, respectively, and represented 15.8% of all deaths each year.

In 2017 and 2018, deaths continued to increase first to 657 and then to 664. In 2017, truck accident fatalities accounted for 17.6% of all deaths and in 2018, they accounted for 18.2% of all vehicular fatalities. The increased number of deaths in truck crashes in 2018 coincided with a decrease in overall traffic fatalities statewide.

Recent stories show the ongoing risk

CBS Dallas Fort Worth reported that one person was hurt and another died after a tractor-trailer rolled over on Interstate 30 after hitting a van as it was joining the traffic flow on the freeway.

ABC13 provided information on the death of a man hit by a truck as he unloaded a trailer in an industrial area. According to the Caller Times, a semi-truck overturned and spilled out the contents of one trailer along State Highway 44. One person was transported to the hospital for treatment after this incident.