Driving near large trucks in Georgia can be scary sometimes. Although our country needs commercial trucks to make important deliveries, the sheer size of tractor-trailers makes them an inherent road hazard. Every year, thousands of people are killed and injured in accidents involving large trucks.
Latest truck crash data
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has released the latest truck crash data from 2019. According to the data, truck accidents are continuing to increase each year. Here are some of the key findings:
- In 2019, there were 5,005 deaths in fatal accidents involving large trucks.
- There was a 2% increase in fatal truck accidents from 2018 to 2019.
- There has been a 43% increase in fatal truck accidents since 2010.
- Large trucks represent 10% of vehicles that are involved in fatal accidents.
- Injuries from truck accidents increased by 5% from 2018 to 2019.
- Seventy-one percent of deaths in fatal truck accidents are the occupants of other vehicles.
Rural and non-interstate roads are the most dangerous
While many people get nervous driving near trucks on major highways, it’s important to know that rural roads are actually more dangerous. According to the NHTSA data, nearly three out of four fatal truck accidents happen on non-interstate roads. Meanwhile, more than 56% of fatal truck accidents occur in rural areas.
Fall is the most dangerous time of year
There are certain times of the year that are more dangerous for driving, especially around large trucks. The NHTSA data showed that more fatal truck accidents happened in September than any other month in 2019. October had the second-highest number of fatal truck accidents that year.
Recovering from a truck accident can be expensive
If you survived a truck accident, it’s likely that you missed some work, and you may even have some expensive medical bills. You may be able to pursue financial compensation for these expenses by filing a claim with the trucker’s insurance provider.