Fatal crashes involving large trucks at highest level since 2005
FMCSA: Large truck-involved fatal accidents increased in 2019
The number of fatal accidents involving large trucks, defined as vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating higher than 10,000 pounds, increased slightly from 2018 to 2019, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recently updated Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts.
While the actual number of fatal crashes rose, the number of fatalities in crashes involving large trucks dropped by one from 2018 to 2019.
Of the approximately 510,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2019, there were 4,479 (1%) fatal crashes and 114,000 (29%) injury crashes. That’s compared to 4,461 fatal crashes and 107,000 injury crashes in 2018. The total number of fatalities in crashes involving large trucks fell by one from 5,006 in 2018 to 5,005 in 2019. Additionally, there were an estimated 158,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks, according to FMCSA’s data.