Despite efforts by government agencies and lawmakers to reduce trucking accidents in the nation, they continue to occur, killing and injuring thousands of Americans. When you consider the vast number of large trucks registered to operate in the country, it is surprising that more people do not suffer in such an accident. The following data may illustrate this point.
- The number of registered trucks (and buses) in the nation has steadily risen from 7,707,396 in 1996 to 12,474,722 in 2016.
- In 1996, 163,000 people suffered injuries in large truck or bus crashes.
- In 2016, 180,000 people suffered injuries in trucking accidents and bus crashes.
Even though the number of people injured in truck crashes rose by about 17,000 over a period of 20 years, the number of large registered vehicles rose by nearly half. Statistically speaking, it looks like government safety efforts are working to some degree. Nonetheless, this does not help those already victimized in trucking accidents who must seek legal assistance to help deal with the tragedy they have suffered.
The state of Tennessee falls approximately in the middle regarding the volume of fatal trucking accidents on a state-by-state basis. From 2006 through 2016, the rate of fatal accidents declined from 129 to 104. However, this rate bottomed out in 2009 with only 82 fatal trucking accidents and then began to rise once more.
It appears that government-sponsored safety programs help reduce these dangerous crashes. Until this improvement becomes more widespread and more effective, victims can do their part to boost safety by taking legal action when a trucking accident affects their lives.