Semi truck fatalities are an unfortunate and all-too-common occurrence on our roads and highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 4,136 people were killed in large truck crashes in the United States in 2018. This number includes both occupants of semi-trucks and other vehicles involved in the crash.
Who is Most at Risk?
When it comes to truck crashes, it’s usually not the semi-truck driver who pays the ultimate price. An estimated 72 percent of those killed in large truck crashes are occupants of other vehicles involved in the crash, while 17 percent are pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. Only 11 percent of those killed were occupants of the semi-truck itself.
What Causes Semi Truck Crashes?
The most common causes of semi-truck crashes are driver fatigue, poor road conditions, and distracted driving. Driver fatigue is a particular problem for long haul drivers who may be on the road for hours at a time without adequate rest or sleep.
Poor road conditions such as potholes or uneven pavement can also lead to an increased risk of a crash due to tires losing traction or trucks becoming unbalanced. Distracted driving has become increasingly prevalent with drivers using technology such as cell phones while behind the wheel.
How Can We Make Our Roads Safer?
There are several measures that can be taken to reduce semi-truck fatalities on our roads and highways. Drivers should always ensure they are well rested before getting behind the wheel and should avoid distractions such as cell phones while driving.
Additionally, roadways should be regularly inspected for hazards such as potholes or uneven pavement that could lead to an increased risk of a crash. Finally, stricter enforcement of existing laws regarding speed limits and truck weights can help make our roads safer for everyone.
4136 people died in large truck accidents in 2018 alone according to NHTSA statistics – with 72% being other vehicle occupants and 11% being semi-truck drivers themselves; this shows just how dangerous semi trucks can be on our roads if drivers aren’t taking proper precautions like avoiding distractions and getting enough rest before long hauls trips. By following safety guidelines and enforcing existing laws we can make our roadways safer for everyone sharing them!