Why This Was Such a Dangerous Year on the Road for Large Trucks
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released data that shows an alarming increase in traffic fatalities in 2021. According to their survey, an estimated 42,915 people died in collisions during the year, which is a 10.5% increase over 2020.
More concerning is the number of fatalities involving at least one large truck—a figure that rose 13% compared to the previous year. That's approximately 5,610 people, including drivers killed in accidents during the year. Here's what you need to know.
Increased Trucking Presence Post-Pandemic
One of the primary reasons for the rise in large truck fatalities is an increase in the number of trucks on the road.
During the early days of the pandemic, many people were hesitant to leave their homes and travel. This led to a decrease in shipments as businesses closed their doors or shifted to online-only models.
However, as the pandemic progressed and people became more comfortable with the idea of travel, the demand for goods increased. This, in turn, led to an increase in trucking as companies scrambled to keep up with customer demands.
Furthermore, pressure on the supply chain led to more trucks being on the road as companies tried to get their products to market as quickly as possible.
The result was an unprecedented number of trucks on America's roads and highways—and a corresponding increase in collisions.
Push for Better Standards
In response to the rise in large truck fatalities, many organizations call for better standards and regulations within the trucking industry.
The Truck Safety Coalition, for example, is pushing for mandatory speed limiters on all trucks. They argue that this would reduce the number of accidents caused by trucks traveling too fast for conditions.
Other groups call for improved driver training, better truck maintenance standards, and increased enforcement of existing laws.
Whatever the solution, it's clear that something needs to be done to reduce the number of large truck accidents on America's roads.
Truck Injury Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been involved in a collision with a large truck, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC can help. We have a proven track record of success in these cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.