The raw statistics for fatal car accidents are often thrown around, especially when people are comparing the safety of flying to the level of safety that you get on the roads. At the same time, people often talk about how dangerous large trucks can be, especially to the other drivers on the highways and streets. How frequent are deadly crashes involving large trucks, though, when the data is broken down?
First off, it is worth noting that North Carolina had a total of 1,747 vehicles which were involved in fatal car accidents in 2012, one of the most recent years for which data has been compiled. While this was by no means the smallest amount—that honor went to Alaska, with just 83 vehicles involved in deadly crashes; if you want to count the District of Columbia, the low was 21—it was also not the highest.
In fact, California had 3,848 cars involved in fatal accidents, and Florida had 3,428. The highest number of all came from Texas, with 4,607.
Next, one must look at the percentage of large trucks that were involved. In North Carolina, there were 132, meaning that they were involved in just 7.6 percent of all deadly crashes for the state.
While this sounds good, it should be noted that North Carolina had a relatively high percentage of the country's total deadly truck accidents, with 3.5 percent.
Have you been hurt in a truck accident, or have you lost a loved one in a deadly crash? If so, it may be wise to look into your legal right to compensation.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, "Traffic Safety Facts: Large Trucks" Dec. 20, 2014