Which state has the highest rates of deaths caused by accidents involving large trucks? According to Cars.com's overview of 2012 data that was released this year from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers have the highest likelihood of being killed from large-truck accidents in North Dakota. This was measured by taking the number of large-truck accident fatalities in the state and dividing it by the state's total number of traffic accident fatalities. However, when looking at which state had the highest share of all truck accidents overall in the nation, Texas came in first-place. Cars.com shares that Texas's large-truck accident fatalities represented 14.3% of all truck accident deaths in the United States. Texas was the only state to reach a percentage in the double digits, with the second-place state (California with 6.4%) having less half of Texas' percentage.
According to the NHTSA data explained on Cars.com, the U.S. had a total of 3,921 fatalities caused by traffic accidents that involved large trucks in 2012, which was an increase of 4% over the previous year. The data showed that three-fourths of the people who died in these accidents were individuals who occupied the other vehicles involved in the truck accidents. For large-truck accidents that resulted in injuries rather than fatalities, that number of accidents increased by more than 42% between the years of 2009 and 2012. To view NHTSA's large-truck accident data directly, click here.
Large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, can weigh tens of thousands of pounds. Because of the size and weight of large trucks, an accident that would normally be more minor for smaller vehicles turns into a serious and possibly even life-threatening crash. When sedans, SUVs and smaller trucks get into accidents with larger trucks, it is much more likely that the smaller vehicle will receive the greater level of impact. Due to these factors, truck drivers have a responsibility to take the highest level of precaution when operating these large vehicles. These precautions include following the rules of the road, following hours of service regulations to avoid truck driver fatigue, making sure that the truck is properly maintained and following all state and federal trucking industry regulations. The trucking companies that own the trucks must follow the appropriate regulations as well. Furthermore, drivers who share the road with trucks additionally need carry out safe drive practices to prevent serious truck accidents from occurring.
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