Semi Truck, Big Rig, &18 Wheeler Accident Statistics

Due to their relatively large size and heavy weight, commercial trucks can cause substantial damage and even death when they are involved in a collision with another vehicle on the roadway.   To address the safety concerns involved with semi tractors and their collisions, the United States government has created several agencies.  To inform the public about traffic safety and to bring the dangers of truck collisions to light, the following agencies have compiled the following statistics regarding the incidence of different types of truck accidents in the U.S.:

Semi & Commercial Truck Accident Statistics:
•    Of the 15.5 million trucks in the U.S., nearly 13 percent are semis, big rigs, 18 wheelers and tractor trailers
•    About 98 percent of all semi accidents result in at least one fatality
•    Fatal tractor trailer accidents cost Americans more than $20 billion each year, $13.1 billion of which is the cost associated with loss of quality of life
•    For every 100 million miles driven on U.S. road ways, there are 2.3 deaths and 60.5 injuries caused by big rigs.

Commercial truck accident statistics:
•    The average cost of a commercial truck accident is about $59,150
•    Nearly 90 percent of commercial truck accidents are caused or worsened by some sort of human error—either on behalf of a truck driver, other drivers, other vehicle passengers, cyclists or pedestrians
•    About 75 percent of commercial truck accidents are caused by drivers of other smaller passenger vehicles, rather than the truck driver
•    Driver fatigue is responsible for roughly 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents

Truck Accident Injury Statistics:
•    About 130,000 individuals are injured each year in truck collisions
•    About 22 percent of all truck accidents result in injuries
•    In most truck accidents (about 70 percent), there are no injuries or deaths—only property damage

Fire Truck Accident Statistics:
•    On average, there are nearly 2,500 fire truck accidents each year in the U.S.
•    Of the 21 fatalities reported from these accidents, 6 were occupants of a fire truck
•    Approximately 1,100 people were seriously injured or killed in fire truck accidents last year
•    In 1,882 fire truck collisions, only property damage occurred