How to Compare the Safety Data for the Top Trucking Companies.
Keep in mind when comparing these statistics that a company’s overall safety record is about more than simply the total number of accidents. A company’s safety is more accurately determined by comparing the number of accidents to the number of vehicles operated by the company. Likewise, the percentage of the accidents that cause injury or death, as opposed to those that simply damage property, is also important to understanding the general safety rating of a company.
For example, Swift Transportation reported 1,226 crashes over the two-year period, resulting in 31 deaths. Averitt Express tallied 393 crashes and 16 deaths in the same time frame—lesser in both categories. But Averitt has 5,451 drivers as compared to Swift’s 20,530 drivers. It is expected that Swift’s number of accidents and deaths will be 3 to 4 times the amount reported by Averitt. Swift had 3 times as many accidents as Averitt which is to be expected given the number of drivers for each company. However, Swift only had double the fatalities of Averitt which means accidents involving Averitt were far more likely to be fatal than those involving Swift.
This List is Not All-Inclusive
While these may be a select number of the nation’s largest trucking companies, they hardly account for all — or even most — of the trucks on the road. The deaths tallied in these statistics are a fraction of the accidents reported in 2019-2020 from accidents involving commercial trucks and tractor trailers for all types and classes. The bulk of the injuries and loss of life were occupants of another vehicle, not the truck.
The companies listed here are not necessarily the most dangerous ones on the road. The number of miles traveled and accidents logged—and the severity of those accidents—varies wildly between companies.
The Truck Accident Attorneys believe these statistics offer a snapshot of how the government tallies the safety history of large trucking companies. They offer a glimpse into how many accidents involve companies you know by name, and how many motorists die or may lose their lives each year in those accidents.
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