If you were injured in a truck accident in the Wilmington area, please feel free to contact the law offices of Knepper & Stratton for a free consultation. Our lawyers have extensive experience handling car, truck and pedestrian accident cases in Delaware.
Trucks are important for a number of industries, including automotive, agricultural, chemical, and other industries such as delivery of goods. In fact, Delaware’s poultry industry depends on trucks to transport chicken products. Throughout Delaware, light trucks, i.e., under 10,000 pounds gross weight, are used extensively for Delaware’s economy.
According to the Delaware Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, the number of commercial drivers has steadily increased since 2008. As of 2011, there were nearly 500 more commercial drivers on the road than in 2008. Click here for the Delaware DOT, 2011 Transportation Facts manual.
Delaware Truck Accident Statistics
In 2011, there were 5,164 truck accidents in Delaware, of which 26 were fatal. In addition, 1,209 of these truck accidents resulted in personal injuries. In 2010, there were 5,148 truck accidents, of which 28 were fatal; 1,337 of these accidents resulted in personal injuries. For purposes of the DE DOT Facts manual, the definition of “trucks” includes:
- pickup trucks,
- heavy trucks,
- tractor-trailer trucks, and
- semi-tractor trucks.
While the total number of truck accidents in Delaware has increased, the total number of fatal truck accidents has decreased steadily since 2008.
Delaware Truck Accident Fatalities and Injuries in 2010 and 2011
The above graph clearly indicates that fatal truck accidents are decreasing. However, a different trend becomes apparent when analyzing truck accidents by the type of truck involved in the accident, i.e., tractor-trailer, semi and heavy trucks. The tables below show that the numbers of truck accidents and truck accident fatalities in Delaware have increased from 2010 to 2011.
While the general data shows that fatal truck accidents, in general, have declined since 2008, truck accidents caused by large commercial trucks increased from 2010 to 2011. This trend may be explained by the increasing number of commercial truck drivers on Delaware roads. Over time, as these numbers continue to increase, we will probably see increasing numbers of truck accidents and truck accident fatalities involving tractor-trailers, semi-trucks and heavy trucks.
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- Recovering Medical Bills in a Delaware Car or Truck Accident Case
- Pain and Suffering Damages in a Car/Truck Accident Case in Delaware
- Recovering Lost Wages After a Delaware Car/Truck Accident
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