Maine Trucks vs. Other Vehicles
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 46,637 trucks registered and operating in 2012 in the United States, making up 8.3 percent of all vehicles. However, in Maine, trucks only account for 4.7 percent of all vehicles.
Trucks and Fatalities in Maine
- In 2014, 10 fatalities resulted from crashes involving a l
arge truck. This was the lowest number of truck-related fatalities in Maine in the past five years, and was down from 18 fatalities in 2013.
- York County, Washington County, Oxford County and Lincoln County each had 2 truck-related fatalities in 2014, while Penobscot County and Franklin County had 1 fatality.
- The hardest hit county per capita in 2014 was Washington County, with 6.29 truck-related deaths per 100,000 people.
National Truck Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- 330,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes during 2012, killing 3,921 people.
- 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2012. This translates to an increase of 18 percent from the previous year.
- 73 percent of the people injured were occupants of other vehicles involved in the accident.
- Fatal truck accidents were most likely to occur on weekends, during the daytime and in rural areas.
- Only 2 percent of truck drivers involved in crashes had blood alcohol concentrations above .08, versus more than 20 percent of drivers of other vehicles.
Contact a Truck Accident Attorney
If you were involved in a truck accident in the state of Maine and you believe that the driver of a truck was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, property damage or lost wages. Please contact the experienced attorneys at Fales & Fales to learn more.