A closer look at the figures related to truck accidents here in the U.S. reveals that we still have a long way to go in order to make our roads and highways safer.
Specifically, the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals the following:
- The number of large truck crashes resulting in fatalities rose from 3,211 in 2009 to 3,802 in 2012, an increase of 18 percent.
- The number of large truck crashes resulting in personal injuries rose from 53,000 in 2009 to 77,000 in 2012, an increase of 45 percent.
Unfortunately, government officials and safety experts alike have indicated that many of these devastating accidents can be directly attributed to driver fatigue, one of the more longstanding safety issues in the trucking industry.
"Over and over, we're seeing drivers who aren't fit to drive because they're fatigued involved in accidents," said a highway safety official with the National Transportation Safety Board.