Large trucks account for less than 5% of the motorized vehicles on the road, but they are connected with more than 10% of all fatal crashes. The difference in size between a fully loaded tractor-trailer (which may weigh more than 80,000 pounds) and an average passenger vehicle (which may weigh on average 3,000 pounds) coupled with high speeds of travel often mean that many of these crashes will result in significant or catastrophic injuries and/or death, often to the driver or passengers of the passenger vehicle.
Missouri Trucking Accident Statistics
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has reported that tractor trailer accidents in Missouri account for 11% to 15% of traffic deaths, each year over the last ten years. In 2000, Missouri eighteen wheeler accidents caused nearly 200 of the 1,306 total traffic fatalities. While trucking accidents in Missouri have declined considerably they still account for more than 100 deaths every year.
Illinois Trucking Accident Statistics
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that Illinois tractor trailer accidents account for 8% to nearly 11% of traffic deaths over the last five years. In 2005, Illinois eighteen wheeler accidents caused just more than 200 of the nearly 2000 total traffic fatalities. As in Missouri and nationwide, Illinois trucking accidents have declined, but still account for well over 100 deaths every year.