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The number of people losing their lives in car wrecks involving commercial trucks is on the rise across North Carolina and the nation, and a new study seeks to identify the most common causes of these crashes. By identifying causal factors that often lead to injuries, fatalities and property damage, safety advocates hope to be able to do more to prevent serious trucking accidents. 

According to CDL Life, the number of fatal truck crashes taking place on the nation’s roadways rose 5.7% between 2016 and 2018, indicating an alarming trend and a continued threat to the motoring public. Recent research also shows that while there was a small, 2.4% decrease in all types of road fatalities that occurred nationwide in 2018, the number of fatalities that year that involved commercial trucks actually increased by 0.9%. 

The new study, entitled the Large Truck Crash Causal Factors Study, has three main objectives. First, it seeks to take a close look at all crashes involving commercial trucks in an effort to identify trends. Second, it seeks to follow those trends to identify other causes and contributing factors. Third, it seeks to give safety advocates the information they need to enact new safety measures, training procedures or other protocols to enhance the safety of all motorists. 

A similar study on commercial truck crashes that took place between 2001 and 2003 showed that in the majority of truck crashes where the truck driver was at primarily at fault, that driver’s actions, or inactions, were a major contributing factor to the crash. Find more about semi-truck wrecks on our webpage.