How common are truck crashes in Connecticut?
With a gross vehicle weight greater than 10,000 pounds, trucks can weigh as much as 20 to 30 times more than your average car. Even worse, when the trailer is fully loaded, it can take 20 to 40 percent further to make a complete stop, and even longer on slippery or wet roads or with poorly maintained brakes. Due to their sheer size and weight, truck accidents involving these vehicles can be catastrophic and the injuries may be long-lasting.
- According to the recent statistic 2019 saw a total of 15,764 commercial vehicle-involved crashes. In these crashes, 145 people were killed and 4,366 were injured.
- Across the country, 4,119 Americans were killed in truck crashes in 2019. This number is 31% higher than 2009, which was had the lowest number of fatal truck crashes recorded since 1975.
While most accidents occur on roads where a truck has to maneuver around small cars and narrow roads, most serious CT truck wrecks happen on interstates where large trucks are traveling at high speed. The stopping distance mixed with the cargo weight can be a deadly combination when negligence or recklessness is involved.