As 2014 came to a close, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its Motor Vehicle Crash Report for the previous year. The report is a comprehensive review of many facts and figures about the hundreds of thousands of deaths on our nation’s roadways. It’s well worth a detailed read. As a truck accident and personal injury attorney, I was especially interested in the facts and figures surrounding truck accidents.
Truck-Related Deaths Increase by 0.5%
As the NHTSA notes, it is too early to draw any meaningful conclusions from this report, it is concerning that the number of motor-vehicle deaths involving truck crashes increased slightly in 2013. The truck-related deaths increase was 0.5%, with such fatalities up to 3,964.
Admittedly, the rise is statistically very small, it reflects the fact that 20 more people died in 2013, over 2012. That’s 20 more families that lost a loved one. Twenty moms and dads losing a child. How many children lost a mother or father? Any increase in the number of road fatalities is not acceptable.
On a relate note, the 2013 Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview noted that of the fatalities in truck accidents, an astounding 82% people people killed were not in the truck at the time of the crash. That paints a very clear picture of the dangers that these big, 80,000 pound trucks pose to others on our roads and highways.
A Decrease in the Number of People Injured in Truck Crashes
On a more positive note, I was pleased to see that the number of people in truck-related crashes decreased by 11,000, down to 95,000 from 104,000 in 2012. However, that’s not as low as the injured numbers were in 2011: 88,000.