Statistics Confirm that Country Roads Are More Dangerous

You would think that there would be a greater likelihood of a fatal truck accident on congested highways and roadway in and around the nation’s large urban areas. The speed limits can still be pretty high, there’s a lot more traffic, and statistics show that a motorist is four times as likely to be killed in an accident involving a semi-truck than one involving only passenger vehicles. Surprisingly, though, the majority of fatal truck crashes nationwide happen in rural communities.

The Dangers Inherent in Driving a Commercial Truck on a Country Road Can Cause Fatal Truck Accidents

According to journalists at Forbes Magazine, who carefully combed statistics gathered by a number of federal agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 2,450 people died in truck wrecks in rural areas in 2020, and about 2,000 were killed in urban truck accidents. Officials say that a number of factors can lead to the greater incidence of fatal truck accidents out in the country:

  • Truck drivers are more likely to drive faster when there’s less traffic on the road
  • Rural roads can have a numbing effect on drivers, particularly at night
  • Rural roads often don’t allow as much room for turning or averting an accident

Trucking companies and their drivers must exercise reasonable care when taking a semi, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler or big rig out on the road. When they don’t and you are injured, we can help.

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