In 2003, there were 58,512 total vehicle accidents involved in fatal crashes in U.S. (NCSA).
4,669 were large trucks involved in fatal truck accidents.
Large trucks are more likely to be involved in a fatal multi-vehicle crash than are passenger vehicles.
Most fatal truck accidents occurred in rural areas (68 percent) during daytime (66 percent) and on weekdays (78 percent).
Only 1 percent of fatal truck accidents were DUI-related on part of truck driver compared to other types of fatal crashes. Higher DUI occurrences are 22 percent for drivers of passenger vehicles and light trucks and 29 percent for motorcyclists.
About 27 percent of all large truck drivers involved in fatal truck accidents had at least one prior speeding conviction compared to 19 percent of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes.
California had most with 5,725 total fatal vehicle crashes but Texas had most fatal truck accidents with 438.
Here’s a breakdown of top 5 states as to fatal truck accidents in 2003:
State Total Fatal Vehicle Crashes Fatal Truck Accidents California 5,725 332 Texas 5,040 438 Florida 4,432 343 Georgia 2,277 208 Pennsylvania 2,233 213
Compared to a breakdown of top 5 states as to fatal truck accidents in 2002:
State Total Fatal Vehicle Crashes Fatal Truck Accidents California 5,544 346 Texas 5,039 401 Florida 4,431 351 Pennsylvania 2,198 174 Georgia 2,188 202
More truck accident statistics from FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System)
Large trucks accounted for 9 percent of vehicles in fatal crashes, but only 4 percent of vehicles involved in injury and property-damage-only crashes. Of 4,898 large trucks involved in fatal crashes, 76 percent were combination trucks.