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In 2001, in the United States, 429,000 big trucks were involved in traffic accidents (both fatal and minor):
Fatal crashes resulted in 4,793.
131,000 were wounded. 5,082 people died
There were 6,536 cumulative accidents in Pennsylvania in 2001 involving tractor-trailer trucks;154 were fatal.
There were 58,512 cumulative automobile collisions resulting in fatal incidents in the United States in 2003.
Big trucks involved in fatal truck collisions involved 4,669
In a fatal multi-vehicle crash, large trucks are more likely to be involved than passenger vehicles.
Texas experienced 5040 fatal traffic accidents in 2003, of which 438 were fatal accidents involving trucks. The number increased from a total of 5039 traffic accidents and 401 fatal truck accidents in the preceding year of 2002. Similarly, there were 2233 fatal traffic accidents in Pennsylvania in 2003, of which 213 were fatal truck accidents, compared with the comparable figures of 2198 and 174 for 2002. In 2003, Florida had 4432 fatal traffic accidents, with 343 involving trucks, which was higher than the total of 4431 traffic accidents in 2002 but lower than the 351 fatal truck accidents in the same period. California had the largest number of fatal traffic injuries, with a record 5725 fatal vehicle accidents in 2003. But at 332, among all states in the US the number of fatal truck accidents was not the largest.
Trucking sales totaled $610 billion last year and revenues are forecasted to nearly double by 2015. The majority of fatal truck accidents occur in rural areas (68 percent) during the daytime (66 percent) and on weekdays (78 percent). The majority of large truck accidents in 2002 occurred in good weather (71%), on dry roads (71%), during the day (75%) and on weekdays (88 percent).
About 27% of all large truck drivers involved in fatal truck accidents across the United States had at least one previous speeding arrest, compared to 19% of fatal accidents involving passenger vehicle drivers. The number of large trucks involved in fatal accidents increased by up to 10 percent from 1992 to 2002 because of driver fatigue, unsafe operation of vehicles, large, unstable loads or faulty equipment.
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