The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a report in 2008 about trucking accidents in the United States. 4,229 people were killed in accidents involving at least one large truck and another 90,000 were injured. This means that 11 people per day are killed in trucking accidents and another 246 people are injured per day.
Also according to NHTSA, most fatal trucking accidents occur in rural areas, during the daytime and on weekdays. In 2008, during the week, 74% of crashes happened between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On the weekends, 63% of the accidents happened between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
The fatal accident in Chesterfield, New Jersey occurred at 1:00 a.m. on the New Jersey Turnpike when a box truck struck a trailer which had become separated from another large truck. A second accident occurred when a tanker hit an axle which had fallen off the tractor trailer.
Needless to say, trucking accidents are dangerous. In fact, trucking accident fatalities accounted of 11% of the total number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2008.
One step in the right direction to curb traffic fatalities is a recent ban implemented by the U.S. Department of Transportation. As of January, 2010, drivers of commercial buses and trucks are prohibited from texting while driving.
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