Are Truck Accidents Common in Southern Illinois?
Even in 2020, the issue of traffic accidents remains pervasive in every state. The right kind of automotive technology just isn’t there yet. But just how big of a problem are truck accidents?
The numbers suggest that the frequency and intensity of truck accidents have been increasing over the last decade. Take a look at the facts (via the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety):
- A total of 4,136 people died in large truck crashes in 2018. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 67 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.
- The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 31 percent higher in 2018 than in 2009 when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975. The number of truck occupants who died was 51 percent higher than in 2009.
- 11 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2018 occurred in large truck crashes.
- 62 percent of large truck occupants killed in multiple-vehicle crashes in 2018 occurred in collisions involving another large truck.
- 12 percent of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths and 22 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in multiple-vehicle crashes in 2018 occurred in crashes with large trucks.
- 52 percent of deaths in large truck crashes in 2018 occurred on major roads other than interstates and freeways, 33 percent occurred on interstates and freeways, and 14 percent occurred on minor roads.
- Sixteen percent of large truck crash deaths in 2018 occurred on Saturday and Sunday, compared with 34 percent of crash deaths not involving large trucks.
- 99 percent of passengers involved in a truck accident are thankful they called a Southern Illinois truck accident lawyer.