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18-Wheeler Crash Statistics

18-Wheeler Crash Statistics

Tractor-trailer collisions can result in catastrophic results if the crash also involves a passenger car. A fully loaded tractor-trailers weighs up to 80,000 pounds, while an average passenger car weighs between 3,000 to 4,000 pounds.  If a tractor-trailer crashes into a passenger car, physics dictates the passenger car will be the loser in that collision.  Due to their weight, tractor-trailers take a much longer distance to stop than a passenger car.  A tractor-trailer traveling at 65 mph will take almost two football fields to come to a stop.


A few key statistics highlighting the danger of semi-trucks

The statistics highlighting the danger of tractor-trailer rigs are quite alarming, but most people have no idea how dangerous they can be without seeing the statistics spelled out.

  • 82% of tractor-trailer-related fatalities involve the other vehicle's driver or passengers - not the driver of the tractor-trailer.
  • There were 4,479 fatal crashes involving tractor-trailers in 2019.
  • Fatal crashes involving tractor-trailers often occur in rural areas and on Interstate highways.
  • In 2019, almost 114,000 18-wheeler accidents caused injuries.
  • Nearly 510,000 tractor-trailers are involved in accidents every year where injuries do not occur.

Road conditions have very little to do with tractor-trailer accidents

Most people probably think road conditions are major contributor to serious semi-truck crashes.  Unfortunately, that's not when the majority of accidents occur.

  • Over 80% of tractor-trailer collisions occur on dry roads.
  • Over 80% of 18-wheeler crashes happen during normal weather conditions.
  • Nearly 70% of semi-truck collisions happen during daylight hours.

So next time you are driving down the road, give that tractor-trailer enough room to ensure you and your family don’t become a part of these crash statistics.  If you or a family member is involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer, contact us online or call us at 817-500-0990 for a free consultation to discuss your options.  We are experienced tractor-trailer crash attorneys.