Truck/tractor-trailer accidents tend to be more severe and more deadly than most car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large trucks made up “9 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes nationwide and 3 percent of accidents that caused only injuries or property damage.”
Truck drivers are required to go through special training before they operate a large tractor-trailer vehicle. However, despite training, most truck accidents often occur due to fatigue, drug/alcohol use, and speeding. Sometimes, environmental elements take part in an accident as well.
There are two ways that a truck collision is documented, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
However, truck drivers share some of the same risks as passenger vehicles. In fact, “the same associated factors coded most often for the large trucks usually were also coded most often for the passenger vehicles” (FMCSA). While trucks produce a greater risk for accidents, passenger cars and trucks share many common collision tendencies:
Despite these commonalities, trucks pose a greater threat to injury when involved in a collision with a passenger vehicle. The most common truck accident injuries include: