Truck Accidents Statistics in Kentucky
Every truck accident that happens on Kentucky’s roads affects those involved and the families of those injured or killed. Accidents happen far too often as state statistics indicate. In 2018, 10,620 trucks were involved in collisions in Kentucky.
A total of 243,868 vehicles were involved in collisions in 2018. The majority (91 percent) of the vehicles involved in all collisions were passenger cars (72 percent in fatal collisions). Trucks represented 4 percent of the vehicles in collisions, but accounted for 9 percent of vehicle fatalities.
A total of 10,620 trucks were involved in collisions, 116 in fatal collisions, and 1,580 in non-fatal injury collisions. The most common contributing factors in truck crashes include:
- Load securment
- Tire failure
- Defective breaks
- Tow hitch failure
Nineteen percent of all truck wrecks happened on city streets or county roads and approximately 30 percent happened on interstates, while 45 percent took place on U.S. and state-numbered routes. Thirty-one percent of the hazardous cargo collisions also occurred on interstates and 55 percent on U.S. state-numbered routes.
The most recent traffic collisions statistics, from the Kentucky State Police, show close to 10,000 semi trailers are in accident across the state every year. In 2019 there were a number of big rig collisions that turned out to be the result of driving while distracted, load errors (improper cargo weight) and truckers driving too fast for road conditions.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most common truck driver errors that resulted in accidents included lane drifting, driving while distracted, fatigue, and driving while impaired by prescription or street drugs. It is also not uncommon to find that drivers and trucking companies do not pay attention to regulations to reduce the risk of dangerous driving in order to keep to their delivery schedules and to cut operating costs. Put another way, many big rig collisions are the result of negligence on the part of the driver, and/or another vehicle involved.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, call Hessig & Pohl right away. Do not wait or there is a very high chance that the evidence we could obtain at the crash site may be compromised or disappear. You’re in good hands with Hessig & Pohl and we do not quit until we get justice for our clients. Call us or text today at 502-777-1111.