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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

In 2016, “97% of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck in 2016 were occupants of the passenger vehicles.” Why are these crashes so common and so deadly?

According to IIHS, “A total of 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016. Seventeen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 66 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 16 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 27 percent higher in 2016 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975. The number of truck occupants who died was 47 percent higher than in 2009. ”

What causes these accidents?

The Top 5 Causes of Truck Accidents

  1. 29% – Brake problems on the truck
  2. 23% – Excessive speed
  3. 22% – Unfamiliar roadway
  4. 20% – Roadway problems
  5. 17% OTC Drug Use

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a truck accident, call The Brothers in Law at (757) 330-3425.