The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s latest Traffic Safety Facts reported some frightening fleet collision statistics fleet managers may not have noticed when the report was released in 2012. Although it’s no surprise that collisions involving large trucks can be very serious and sometimes fatal, fleet managers should be aware of these alarmingly high numbers when developing and implementing safety plans.
Here are some alarming fleet collision statistics pulled from the NHTSA’s report:
- 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic collisions in 2012.
- 3,921 fatalities occurred as a result of crashes involving large trucks, with 3,217 of these fatalities being non-occupants (i.e. not the driver of the company fleet vehicle). In fact, there are 11.5% more non-occupant fatalities than there are truck drivers in the United States.
- 12.9% of drivers who caused a fatal crash had at least one prior collision at the time of the accident.
- Approximately 1 person dies as a result of a large truck collision every hour between 6am and 6pm, Monday-Friday.
- Large trucks have the highest rollover rate in both injury crashes and property-damage only crashes. Fires occurred in 0.1% of these vehicles.
- Approximately 8% of large trucks registered in the US were involved in fatal crashes in 2012. Additionally, 8% of drivers had previously had their driver’s license suspended or revoked at the time of their fatal accident.
With statistics like these, fleet managers need to take every precaution in keeping drivers safe out on the road. To help keep your fleet safe, create a written cell phone safety policy and sign up for FleetMode, the simple app that silences phone alerts and sends automatic replies when the fleet vehicle is in motion. For more information on fleet safety and the FleetMode app, visit our website.