New York highways and other thoroughfares are often congested with traffic. With that in mind, certain types of vehicles are more dangerous than others when collisions happen. These vehicles are buses and large trucks. Considering that, here’s a closer look at a few notable facts about truck and bus crashes.
The number of crashes is increasing.
A report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that bus and truck accidents are prevalent. While their latest data covers 2018, that year saw a 1% increase in crashes involving buses and trucks from 2017. Those that cause substantial property damage are also increasing.
Most truck and bus accidents happen on rural roads.
Some people assume that busy highways are common places for truck and bus accidents to take place. However, collision statistics show that these crashes are more common on rural roads. Only 26% of fatal crashes involving large vehicles took place on highways, and 57% of these crashes happened in rural areas.
Many bus and truck accidents happen during weekdays
It’s also understandable to wonder when the most truck and bus accidents happen. Considering that most drivers of these vehicles drive as part of their jobs, it’s no surprise that 83% of fatal accidents involving large trucks happen from Monday through Friday. Of all crashes looked over by the FMCSA, 64% of these collisions happened between the hours of 6:00 pm and 6:00 am.
To wrap things up, accidents involving large trucks or buses can happen at any moment. If this happens to you, contact emergency services for medical attention. Also, move away from any roadway after a crash if it’s safe to do so.