Florida Truck Accident Statistics
The trucking industry is big business here in Florida. At any moment, there are thousands of trucks hauling products across The Sunshine State. We’re also a heavily populated state with lots of tourist attractions. This all makes our roads some of the busiest in the nation. That also makes them some of the most dangerous. There were nearly 400,000 automobile crashes in Florida in 2015. Thousands of them involved big rig trucks.
Nationally, one out of every eight driving accidents involve a big rig or tractor trailer. These accidents normally don’t go well for people driving standard passenger cars. When a commercial truck gets involved in a road accident, nearly 80 of people injured are riding in smaller passenger cars.
Truck Accident Statistics
Here are some statistics about truck accidents from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
- About 140,000 people are injured in large truck accidents every year.
- About 4,000 people die in large truck accidents every year.
- Over 90 percent of all large truck accidents lead to at least one death.
- Less than 5 percent of truck drivers are found to be drunk at the time of their accident.
- In every 100 million miles large trucks drive U.S. roads, they cause 60 injuries and 2 deaths on average.
- Almost 75 percent of commercial truck accidents are caused by passenger car drivers (and not the trucker).
- Driver fatigue causes about 30 percent of commercial truck accidents.
- Large trucks weigh 20-30 times more than the average passenger car.
- Speeding large trucks can need up to the length of a football field to come to a complete stop.
If you or a family member have been involved in a Florida truck accident, you might be able to pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Farah & Farah has helped many people injured in Florida truck accidents. We’re here to help you fight trucking companies and their insurance. Let us stand up for you while you heal.
We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.