2019 RGV Truck Accident Statistics: Common Causes For Accidents Caused By Truck Drivers
With business and tourism booming from South Padre Island to Brownsville and McAllen, it’s easy to spot that now more than ever, Rio Grande Valley drivers are sharing the road with large commercial trucks. Unfortunately, with our sudden increase in truck driver traffic has come an increase in serious accidents involving large trucks and tractor-trailers. In fact, major truck accidents in the Rio Grande Valley have increased each of the past three years, and in four out of the last five years with 2019 seeing a staggering 1,578 truck-involved accidents.
The McAllen truck accident lawyers at Moore Law Firm have analyzed data from the Texas Department of Transportation for RGV truck accident statistics for 2019.
In instances where the truck driver was at fault for the accident, the following were the most common causes reported by local Rio Grande Valley authorities:
2019 Most Common Causes For Accidents Caused By Truck Drivers In The RGV
- Failure To Control Speed – 31.2%
- Improper Turn – 20.5%
- Unsafe Lane Change – 14.1%
- Backed Without Safety – 10.6%
- Failure to Yield – 6.3%
As we can see in our findings, speeding and improper turns make up over half of all accidents caused by truck drivers in the Rio Grande Valley.
From our data, the following were the most common causes for accident injuries caused by truck drivers as reported by Rio Grande Valley officials:
2019 Most Common Causes For Accidents Caused By Truck Drivers In The RGV That Resulted In Injury Or Death
- Failure To Control Speed – 42.8%
- Unsafe Lane Change – 14.2%
- Improper Turn – 11.4%
- Failure to Yield – 11.4%
- Backed Without Safety – 5.7%
As we can see in our data, speeding remains the most dangerous factor in accidents caused by truck drivers while the liklihood of being injured by a truck driver who failed to yield, although it makes up a lesser percentage of overall accidents, grows significantly.
Why Are Truck Drivers Involved In Speeding Accidents?
Consider that many truck drivers are typically not paid hourly, but by the trips that they make. The faster they can move their load, the better it is for everyone involved in the transaction.
Truck drivers are incentivized to do anything possible to ensure that their delivery is, at a minimum, on time. Obviously, this can lead to truck drivers cutting dangerous corners such as speeding that can endanger other drivers with whom they share the road.
Call The McAllen Truck Accident Lawyers At Moore Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one was involved in a serious truck accident, call the McAllen truck accident lawyers at Moore Law Firm for a FAST and FREE injury and money award consultation today at 1-800-444-2780.
More RGV Truck Accident Statistics
For more analysis on RGV truck accident statistics, please visit our free legal resources.