During 2012, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic collisions in the United States. Large trucks are vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. Amounting to 4 percent of registered vehicles in the country, large trucks accounted for 3 percent of vehicles involved in traffic accidents resulting in property damage and injury as well as 8 percent of vehicles involved in deadly collisions.
In the truck crashes resulting in property damage and injury, 104,000 people were injured in 2012, an 18 percent increase from the year prior. Among the injured, 3 percent were not vehicle occupants, 24 percent were large truck occupants, and 73 percent were in other vehicles. While the percentages of other vehicle occupants and other injured people each increased one point, the percentage of large truck occupants decreased two points.
In the collisions involving fatalities, 3,921 people died in 2012, a 4 percent rise from the previous year. Among these deaths, 10 percent of the people were not vehicle occupants, 18 percent were large truck occupants, and 73 percent were in other vehicles. Compared to the previous year, 5 percent more deaths occurred to occupants of other vehicles, 9 percent more large truck occupants died, and 11 percent more people who were not in a vehicle were killed.
In Oklahoma, 943 vehicles were involved in fatal traffic collisions in 2012, and 124 of these vehicle were large trucks. This means that 13.1 percent of fatal crash vehicles were large trucks. The number of large trucks involved in deadly Oklahoma accidents accounted for 3.3 percent of the national total.
A truck accident might involve no other vehicles, more than one large truck or several other vehicles in addition to a large truck. No matter the number of vehicles involved in a traffic collision, anyone who is injured or the family of someone who is killed in the collision might be entitled to compensation. Since every truck accident case is different, the victims could get advice from lawyers on how to approach their particular situations.
Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis, "Traffic Safety Facts – Large Trucks", January 03, 2015