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Florida Truck Accident Statistics

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Florida Truck Accident Statistics

NHTSA released traffic safety facts for 2017. The key findings:

In 2017 there were 4,761 people killed in crashes involving large trucks, a 9-percent increase from 2016.

Seventy-two percent of people killed in large-truck crashes in 2017 were occupants of other vehicles.

Seventy-eight percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2017 occurred on weekdays (6 a.m. Monday to 5:59 p.m. Friday).

Three percent of the large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2017 had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 g/dL or higher, much lower than drivers of other vehicle types (27% for motorcycles, 21% for passenger cars, and 20% for light trucks).

In 2017 drivers of large trucks in fatal crashes were less likely to have previous license suspensions or revocations than were passenger car drivers.

Large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2017 had a higher percentage (20.7%) of previously recorded crashes compared to drivers of other vehicle types (motorcycles, 20.3%; passenger cars, 19.1%; and light trucks, 17.0%).

Common Causes of Truck Accidents:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Substance abuse
  • Speeding and reckless driving
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Poorly maintained brakes
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Driver distraction

Crash Characteristics

  • More than 1 out of 4 fatal large-truck crashes (27%) occurred on interstates.
  • Fifty-eight percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas.
  • Only 5 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in work zones.
  • Seventy-eight percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays.
  • Of those weekday large-truck fatal crashes, 72 percent occurred during the daytime hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m
  • On average in the country, large trucks made up 8.8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.
  • There were 296 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in Florida.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, call our truck accident attorneys at (904) 292-1111 for a free consultation.