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Truck Accident Statistics

Multi Vehicle Crash Lawsuit Information

Fortunately, 2010 is the second lowest year for total number of crashes and total number of fatal crashes since 2005. While thatís a good thing, itís certainly no reason to get complacent. Here are some truck accidents statistics for Pa. as well as nationwide.

Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants rather than occupants of large trucks. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars, and are taller with greater ground clearance.

Truck braking capability can be a factor in truck crashes. Loaded tractor-trailers take 20-40 percent farther than cars to stop, and the discrepancy is greater when trailers are empty, on wet and slippery roads, or with poorly maintained brakes.

Truck driver fatigue also is a known crash risk. Drivers of large trucks are allowed by federal hours-of-service regulations to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch and up to 77 hours over a 7-day period. Surveys indicate that many drivers violate the regulations and work longer than permitted.

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What are the top 10 Pennsylvania counties with the most traffic related deaths in 2010?

7% - Philadelphia
5.3% - Allegheny
4.9% - Lancaster
3.4% - Bucks
3.3% - Westmoreland
3 % - Berks
3% - Erie
3% - Dauphin
2.6% - Monroe
2% - York

What are the top 10 Pennsylvania counties with most reported traffic crashes in 2010?

9.3% - Allegheny
9 % - Philadelphia
8% - Montgomery
5% - Bucks
4.2% - Lancaster
3.8% - Berks
3.7% - Lehigh
3.7% - York
3.6% - Delaware
3.5% - Chester

In 2010, there were more heavy truck accidents on these types of Pennsylvania roads:

1,340 crashes 4 deaths state highways (interstates)
3,413 crashes 17 deaths state highways
416 crashes 3 deaths turnpikes
617 crashes 3 deaths local roads
6 crashes 0 deaths other
5,846 crashes 27 deaths total

Comparison for number of fatal truck crashes in Pennsylvania categorized by year:

Year Fatalities Total Crashes
2006 167 6657
2007 178 7087
2008 166 5972
2009 122 5247
2101 145 5846

Why do Pennsylvania heavy trucks fail or crash?

Here are some truck defects:

119 tire related
74 brake related
43 overloaded
30 power train failure
24 steering failure
7 trailer hitch problems
5 suspension
4 exhaust system
4 vehicle lights
4 other

Nationwide, a total of 3,413 people died in large truck crashes in 2010. Fourteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 72 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 13 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. Fewer people died in large truck crashes in 2009 than in any year since data on fatal crashes began to be collected in 1975, but the number of these deaths increased by 8 percent in 2010.

Truck crash deaths are more likely to occur during morning and daytime hours than crash deaths not involving trucks, which are more frequent during evening and nighttime hours. During 2010, 50% of large truck crash deaths occurred between 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Deaths in large truck crashes and other crashes by time of day

Time of day

Large truck crashes

Other crashes

All crashes

Deaths

%

Deaths

%

Deaths

%

Midnight - 3 a.m.

246 7 3,910 13 4,156 13

3 a.m. - 6 a.m.

336 10 2,431 8 2,767 8

6 a.m. - 9 a.m.

490 14 2,674 9 3,164 10

9 a.m. - Noon

575 17 2,636 9 3,211 10

Noon - 3 p.m.

647 19 3,702 13 4,349 13

3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

530 16 4,809 16 5,339 16

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

337 10 4,841 16 5,178 16

9 p.m. - Midnight

250 7 4,225 14 4,475 14

Total*

3,413 100 29,472 100 32,885 100

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During 2010, 17% of large truck crash deaths occurred on Saturday and Sunday, compared to 37 percent of crash deaths not involving large trucks.

In 2010:

  • Large trucks accounted for 4 percent of registered vehicles and 10 percent of miles traveled.
  • 9% of motor vehicle crash deaths in 2010 occurred in large truck crashes.
  • 56% of large truck occupants killed in multiple-vehicle crashes occurred in collisions involving another large truck.

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