Truck drivers are a vital part of keeping North Carolina up and running. Sadly, the rate of fatal truck accidents has recently risen.
Large truck crashes are more likely to result in fatalities than typical car accidents. They’re involved in 10% of all fatal crashes. That number is alarming considering the fact that only 4% of registered vehicles are large trucks.
Increase in fatal truck accidents
In 2019, fatal large truck accidents exceeded those of the year before. The increase was slight, though still concerning. In 2018, there were 4,461 such crashes. 2019 brought that number up to 4,479.
The total amount of deaths, however, was lower in 2019 — barely. The number dropped from 5,006 to 5,005. In contrast, occupant fatalities rose from 890 to 891. Drivers made up the vast majority of those fatalities.
Though the small increase in accidents and occupant fatalities might not sound like much, it is part of a notable trend. 2019 saw the highest amount of fatal truck crashes since 2005.
Causes of fatal truck accidents
The most common issues involved in truck crashes are brake problems, speeding, and roadway problems. Many crashes resulted from multiple simultaneous issues. The following factors are also common:
- Drugs and alcohol
- Driver mistakes
- Driver fatigue or illness
- External distractions
- Driver stress
Even though fatal truck crashes are increasing, you don’t have to join the fatality statistics. Prevent truck accidents, being fully alert by keeping a lot of space between yourself and any trucks behind you.