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Truck Accident Statistics in NC, SC, GA, and FL

Truck accidents are rarer than car accidents, but they’re often more severe. Simple physics says they will result in more serious injuries than regular car accidents. After all, an 80,000-pound truck colliding with a 3,000-pound car will almost always be more devastating than two average cars hitting each other.

There were more than 450,000 total accidents involving large trucks in 2017. About 4,200 of these accidents resulted in fatalities, while 102,000 resulted in injuries. The majority of these wrecks, about 344,000 of them, resulted in property damage only.

If you’re injured in a truck accident, we can help. At Auger & Auger Accident and Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped thousands of people get the compensation they deserve. With over 26 years of experience, we know how to take on the insurance companies — and win. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer by calling (855) 969-5624 or filling out our online contact form today.

Truck Accident Statistics in North Carolina

In 2017, there were a total of 501,016 accidents involving all types of vehicles in North Carolina. Accidents by commercial vehicle type include:

  • 1,831 bus accidents, including 6 fatal accidents and 596 injury accidents
  • 4,420 accidents with single unit (2-axle, 6-tire) trucks, including 26 fatal crashes and 1,213 injury accidents
  • 1,958 accidents with 3+ axle, single-unit trucks, including 24 fatal accidents and 525 injury wrecks
  • 8,145 semi-truck wrecks, including 98 fatal wrecks and 2,004 injury accidents
  • 279 accidents with unknown heavy trucks, including 67 injury accidents
  • 20,631 van accidents (which may include non-commercial vans), including 91 fatal accidents and 6,577 injury wrecks
Truck Accident Statistics in South Carolina

South Carolina provides fewer detailed statistics than North Carolina in regards to large truck accidents. However, these truck accident statistics still tell an important story. In total, there were 268,999 total “units” involved in traffic collisions in 2017. These units include different types of vehicles, pedestrians, trains and others that may share the road.

Commercial vehicles involved in South Carolina accidents include:

  • 5,292 tractor-trailers involved in wrecks, including 62 fatal collisions and 1,184 injury wrecks
  • 3,621 full-sized vans involved in accidents, including 16 fatal accidents and 997 injury collisions (some of these vans may not be commercial vehicles)
  • 415 school bus accidents, including 2 fatal collisions and 121 injury collisions
  • 350 passenger bus wrecks, including 4 fatal wrecks and 95 injury accidents

In addition, South Carolina provides data regarding what the vehicle was being used for when it was in a collision. Wrecks involving commercial use vehicles included:

  • 4,925 wrecks with construction/maintenance vehicles, resulting in 25 fatal collisions and 1,174 injury wrecks
  • 1,354 wrecks with vehicles transporting passengers, including 10 fatal collisions and 432 injury wrecks
  • 6,242 accidents with vehicles transporting property, including 69 fatal wrecks and 1,450 injury collisions
  • 331 tow truck accidents, resulting in 2 fatal collisions and 81 injury wrecks
  • 291 logging truck wrecks, including 7 fatal collisions and 117 injury accidents
Truck Accident Statistics in Georgia

Georgia doesn’t provide many detailed statistics at all when it comes to large truck accidents. In 2018, there were 187 fatal accidents involving large trucks. This is a slight increase from 2016 when there were 169 fatal accidents involving large trucks in the state. The only other data available show a trend of fatal accidents involving semi-trucks generally increasing since 2009.

Truck Accident Statistics in Florida

In 2017, there were a total of 402,385 wrecks throughout the state of Florida, resulting in 3,116 fatalities and 254,310 injuries. When it comes to the drivers of commercial vehicles involved in accidents, Florida reported:

  • 31,960 total accidents with trucks over 10,000 pounds, including:
    • 27 fatal accidents
    • 126 incapacitating injury accidents
    • 371 non-incapacitating injury accidents
    • 682 accidents that may have resulted in injuries
    • 30,754 accidents with no injuries
  • 6,992 accidents with trucks under 10,000 pounds (which may include non-commercial trucks), including:
    • 11 fatal accidents
    • 57 incapacitating injury accidents
    • 223 non-incapacitating injury accidents
    • 561 accidents that may have resulted in injuries
    • 6,140 accidents with no injuries
  • 5,077 total wrecks involving cargo vans, including:
    • 12 fatal accidents
    • 53 incapacitating injury accidents
    • 210 non-incapacitating injury accidents
    • 538 accidents that may have resulted in injuries
    • 4,264 accidents with no injuries
  • 8,008 accidents involving buses, including:
    • 0 fatal accidents
    • 14 incapacitating injury accidents
    • 70 non-incapacitating injury accidents
    • 173 accidents that may have resulted in injuries
    • 7,751 accidents with no injuries

Get the Help You Need After a Truck Accident in the Southeast

While these truck accident statistics are telling, they may not reveal the full story. Numbers can’t really tell you how devastating a truck accident can be. You may be buried under a mountain of medical bills, and might not be able to work. The good news is, if the other driver was at fault for the accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our firm is based in Charlotte, NC, and we have meeting and office locations in North and South Carolina. Lawyers in our firm are licensed to practice in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida, among other states. If you have any questions about our firm or how we may be able to help with your serious injury case, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer by calling (855) 969-5624 or filling out our online contact form today.