September 18, 2020

Box trucks and other commercial trucks can weigh upwards of 10,000 pounds when not even loaded. It takes time to bring a 10,000 + pound truck to a complete stop and for that reason truck drivers must utilized heightened and extreme care when operating commercial trucks.  Truck drivers, including drivers of box trucks are held to a higher standard of care than those drivers operating personal vehicles.

Operating a large commercial truck without heightened care and caution can result in catastrophic injuries and fatal truck crashes. Engaging in defensive driving to avoid truck accidents is a must for all commercial truck drivers.   In response to this need Congress passed the commercial motor vehicle safety act, requiring truck drivers to comply with heightened standards of care.

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Act) was passed by Congress to promote the safe operation of commercial vehicles and to ensure compliance with safety regulations promulgated under the Act. (49 U.S.C. § 31131(a)(1), (3).) … “Every commercial motor vehicle must be operated in accordance with the laws, ordinances, and regulations of the jurisdiction in which it is being operated. However, if a [federal] regulation … imposes a higher standard of care than that [state] law, … the … regulation must be complied with.” (49 C.F.R. § 392.2 (2005).)” Weaver v. Chavez, 133 Cal. App. 4th 1350, 1354, 35 Cal. Rptr. 3d 514, 517 (2005)

Statistical analysis of truck accidents estimates that approximately 5,000 people in passenger vehicles die every year in automotive accidents involving semi-trucks. Additionally, about 700 individuals in semi-trucks die each year in these crashes. Relevant commercial trucking statistics, shedding light on these catastrophic truck crashes and fatal trucking accidents, include the following trucking statistics:

  • Approximately 130,000 individuals are injured each year in truck collisions. (, 2019)
  • 3,864 US fatal crashes involved trucks over 10,000 lbs. (FMCSA, 2016)
  • 4317 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks in the US. (FMCSA, 2016)
  • Approximately 61% of all fatal US crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas, 27% occurred on Interstate highways, and 15% fell into both categories by occurring on rural Interstate highways. (FMCSA, 2016)
  • 37% of all fatal crashes, 23% of all injury crashes, and 20% of all property-damage-only crashes involving large trucks occurred at night (6:00 pm to 6:00 am). (FMCSA, 2016)
  • 84% of fatal crashes and 88% of nonfatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays (Monday through Friday). (FMCSA, 2016)
  • 27% of US work zone fatal crashes and 8% of work zone injury crashes involved at least one large truck. (FMCSA, 2016)
  • Hazardous materials cargo was present on 4% of the large trucks involved in fatal US crashes and 2% of those in nonfatal crashes. (FMCSA, 2016)
  • Truck drivers log 432 billion miles annually. (Business Insider, 2016)
  • Truck drivers work 70 hours in an 8-day work week before getting a day off vs. 47 hours per week for an average American. (Business Insider, 2016)

Types of Truck Accidents

Trucks are a primary way goods are shipped and transported in the United States, and there are various types of truck accidents that results in catastrophic injuries and fatalities, such truck accidents including:

  • Tire blowouts
  • Amazon trucking accidents
  • Delivery truck accidents
  • Garbage truck accidents
  • Dump truck accidents
  • Brake failure
  • Bus Accidents
  • Cement truck accidents
  • Construction truck accidents
  • Box truck accidents or cube truck accidents
  • Flatbed truck accidents
  • Underride accident
  • Override accident
  • Overloaded trailer
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Defective maintenance
  • Jackknifes
  • Wide-turn trucking accidents
  • Runaway trailers
  • Blindspot truck accident
  • Rollover truck accident
  • Lost load truck accidents
  • Head-on collision truck accidents
  • Rear-end truck accidents
  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Lack of proper truck driver training
  • Construction zone trucking accidents
  • Truck driver inattentiveness
  • Truck driver negligence

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