As Bexar County residents might well imagine, truck accidents can inflict serious injury and death on victims. The federal government has compiled some statistics showing the terrible toll that truck accidents take on the nation’s drivers and passengers each year. Below is a quick summary of some of the government’s findings.
In 2014, the most recent year for which this information is available, nearly 4,000 large trucks and buses were involved in deadly crashes. Although this represents a decrease from the prior year, there had previously been a steadily increasing number of fatal crashes from 2009 to 2013. As for buses, among all fatal crashes involving buses, 41 percent of these involved school buses, 33 percent of these involved transit buses and 13 percent of these involved intercity buses.
As for crashes with injuries but no deaths, the number increased a staggering 55 percent between 2009 and 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, the number of large trucks involved on these crashes increased from 73,000 to 88,000, a 21 percent jump. Finally, for large truck crashes with property damage but no deaths, the number of these increased to 346,000 from 265,000 between 2013 and 2014. This represents a 29 percent increase.