Since trucks are so much bigger and heavier than passenger cars, it only makes sense that their crashes make a stronger impact. However, over the years, the crash data for big trucks may not be what you’d expect.
Read on to learn more about how truck crash injuries and fatalities have changed over the years.
Large Truck Injuries
According to the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a total of 157,000 people were injured during the year 1997 as a result of big rig truck accidents. That number hasn’t changed much, with 170,000 people injured because of large truck accidents in 2017.
Large Truck Fatalities
Since 1975, the total number of fatalities attributed to large trucks has not changed all that much. This may be surprising, given that there are a significantly higher number of trucks on the road today than there were 40 years ago.
In 1975, there were a total of 4,483 deaths attributed to large truck crashes. Compare that with 2017, when there were a total of 4,761 fatalities as a result of big rig truck accidents.
Large Truck Accidents Compared to Passenger Vehicle Crashes
When taking a look at passenger vehicle accident statistics, you can see that there are significantly more fatalities attributed to car crashes than there are to trucking accidents. In 1975, there were a total of 40,187 deaths as a result of passenger car accidents. In 2017, that number dropped to 32,519. It’s interesting to note that as populations rise and more drivers enter the roadways, passenger vehicle deaths have dropped significantly over the past four decades.
If you have been involved in a car accident, our team at Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys is here to help. We have handled numerous personal injury cases and have helped people recover the damages they rightfully deserve. Let us use our sledgehammer of justice to help you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away.
Call the Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys today at (912) 809-5335 to speak with a Savannah attorney about your personal injury case.