It is the stuff of nightmares, but for too many people, a truck accident is a reality and not a bad dream. Texas leads the nation in the number of truck accident fatalities, a statistic that brings no pride to the Lone Star State. The state with the next highest number of commercial truck accident fatalities is California, with only half as many.
Anytime you get behind the wheel of your car, you undoubtedly face distraction. Other motorists, children demanding attention and roadside attractions are just a few of the things that can divert your attention away from the immediate task at hand, and just as you face such distractions, so, too, do commercial truckers.
Accidents involving commercial trucks can cause a lot of damage. A truck's size and weight, along with potentially hazardous cargo, increase the likelihood of serious injury and even death.
Due to their immense sizes and weights, trucks have the potential to cause a lot of damage if involved in a crash. Unfortunately, it seems these collisions are only going to get worse. According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck crashes increased by 2 percent between 2012 and 2013, which is the last year information was available.
Certain segments of the trucking industry are pushing for new legislation that would allow heavier commercial trucks to take to the nation's roadways. However, some safety advocates fear this would place other motorists in considerable danger.
Big rig accidents are a fairly common occurrence in the great state of Texas. Our state beats out the rest of the states in truck accident fatalities by surprisingly high margins. For example, in 2014, there were 532 fatal large truck accidents in Texas, representing a 14.2 percent rate. California, in the number two spot, experienced 281 truck accident-related fatalities, a 7.5 percent rate. Texas even holds the tragic distinction of the record holder for "highest number of large truck accident occupants killed," at 114. Oklahoma follows with a far lower 41 deaths.