The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) is a federal agency responsible for compiling and analyzing statistic relating to large truck and bus accidents. The FMSCA falls under the U.S. Department of Transportation. The goal of these federal agencies is to make our roads safer, make highway travel more efficient, all while allowing people and businesses to conduct their business. The FMCSA compiles data from large truck and bus crashes and passes regulations designed to reduce accidents. The Miami truck accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano have a combined 130 years of experience representing truck crash victims and their families.
In 2014, there were 3,649 fatal large truck and bus crashes in the United States. In total, over 29,000 people lost their lives on the road in 2014. The overwhelming majority of those accidents occurred in the eastern half of the US. Considering the number of trucks on the road and the number of miles driven by those trucks, the number of fatalities is relatively small. In 2014, 260,350,938 registered vehicles took to the roads in the US. Among those vehicles, 8,328,759 were single-unit trucks. Meanwhile, FMCSA counted 2,577,197 tractor-trailer trucks registered in the US. Overall, vehicles of all kinds drove 3,025.7 billion miles. Trucks traveled 279.1 billion of those miles, which is slightly over nine percent (9%) of all miles driven in 2014. The number of non-fatal crashes was much higher in 2014. According to the FMCSA, there were 6,035,000 non-fatal crashes in the US. Among those, an estimated 472,000 involved large trucks. Continue reading →