Statistics Involving Fatal Truck Accidents in the United States
Every motor vehicle accident is a scary and potentially life-changing event.
When there is an accident involving a commercial/large truck, 18-wheeler, semi-truck, or however else you would like to refer to them, not only is the event much more traumatizing, but it is also much more devastating.
For obvious reasons, semi-trucks cause significantly more damage during accidents than personal vehicles.
As expert truck accident lawyers, we know all too well the devastating results a truck accident can leave behind.
Unfortunately, due to the increase in online shopping and the demand for faster shipping, the number of fatal vehicle truck accidents will likely continue to rise.
The data below displays data gathered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The most recent data is from 2017.
Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
Total fatal truck accidents in the United States by year
- In 2015, there were 3,622 deaths involving large trucks
- In 2016, there were 3,862 deaths involving large trucks
- In 2016, there were 237 deaths involving large trucks
Fatal truck accidents by event
- 3,139 involved a collision with a vehicle in transport
- 388 involved a collision fixed/non-moving object
- 314 involved a collision with a pedestrian
- 181 involved the truck overturning/rolling over
The remaining fatalities involved things like collisions with an animal, train, and even fires.
States with the highest fatal truck accidents
- Texas had 556 fatal accidents involving large/commercial trucks
- California had 320 fatal accidents involving large/commercial trucks
- Florida had 275 fatal accidents involving large/commercial trucks
- Pennsylvania had 157 fatal accidents involving large/commercial trucks
- Ohio had 275 fatal accidents involving large/commercial trucks
Fatal truck accidents by speed limit
- 1,401 (33.1%) of the fatal crashes were in 50 – 55 mph zones
- 875 (20.7%) of the fatal crashes were in 60 – 65 mph zones
- 787 (18.6%) of the fatal crashes were in 70 – 75 mph zones
Fatal truck accidents by the time of day
- 2,740 of the fatalities occurred during the daytime (6am – 6pm)
- The other 1,497 fatalities occurred during the nighttime (6pm – 6am)