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Arnold & Itkin LLP Truck Accident Blog2020FebruaryTen States Represent More than Half of Fatal Truck Accidents in the Nation

Ten States Represent More than Half of Fatal Truck Accidents in the Nation

According to the most recent commercial vehicle safety factsheet from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, ten states share a significant portion of the nation’s serious trucking accidents. The report takes accidents between 2015 and 2017 into account and is the most recent set of data of its type that’s available.  

States that share the most truck accidents are the following:  

  • California 
  • Texas 
  • Illinois 
  • Indiana   
  • Ohio 
  • Pennsylvania 
  • New York 
  • Georgia 
  • North Carolina  

The ten states listed above share 51 percent of fatal crashes involving at least one large truck or bus, 51 percent of fatalities involving at least one large truck or bus, and account for 51 percent of all Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data.  

What Is FARS?

FARS is a system that tracks motor vehicle accidents that result in a fatality within 30 days of an accident. It tracks data across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The system is useful for tracking fatal accidents, what drivers they involve, and how many passengers are placed at risk or killed by them.  

FARS has found the following about truck accidents: 

  • At least 38 percent of large truck occupants killed in an accident weren’t wearing a seatbelt. 
  • Speed was a significant factor in 19 percent of fatal truck accidents.  
  • About 57 percent of fatal truck accidents occur on rural roads.  
  • About 30 percent of fatal accidents in work zones involve large trucks.  
  • Distracted driving causes 6 percent of accidents. 

Call Arnold & Itkin After a Serious Truck Accident at (888) 490-0442 

While FARS is useful for regulatory bodies and agencies that need data to improve road safety, it also shows one important fact: truck accidents are frustratingly preventable. If you or a loved one have been involved in a serious truck accident, call our team today for a free consultation. We’re ready to listen to your story and help you decide what steps to take next. Our team has helped clients across the nation recover billions of dollars after serious truck accidents. Though we can’t stop accidents from harming people, we can hold those who cause them accountable for their behavior.


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