Accident Statistics by Carrier
Below you will find links to detailed safety histories for many of the United States’ largest trucking companies. You have likely seen many of these trucking fleets on the highway and may recognize their logos below.
All carriers are required to report this information to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an agency under the Department of Transportation. For example, the information provided in the links below will include:
- A brief summary of crashes involving injuries for a given time period
- All basic information of the trucking company, from mailing address to the # of drivers
- Information specifics about the carrier type and cargo they may haul.
The FMCSA routinely makes this information available to the public. The information below is from the most recent figures, which chronicle December 2015 to December 2017. We will be updating this page to reflect the 2018 figures just as soon as they are available.
Remember: If you or a family member has been involved in a truck accident, these companies have teams of lawyers and investigators working to protect their interests, and never yours. We can assist in all 50 states and our team is available on call to answer any questions or fly to investigate a crash scene.
Which are the safest trucking companies and which are the most dangerous?
How to Compare
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 highway miles traveled. 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 2,256 crashes over the two-year period, resulting in 67 deaths. Averitt Express tallied 425 crashes and 12 deaths in the same time frame—lesser in both categories. But Averitt trucks traveled 392 million miles in 2015 (the only year for which mileage totals are available). Swift trucks traveled 1.9 billion miles in 2015. This means accidents involving Averitt were far more likely to be fatal than those involving Swift, even though Swift registered more accidents-per-mile than Averitt.
- For the majority of these trucking companies, the total number of accidents and deaths associated with the companies has risen since 2015.
- The total number of drivers employed by most companies has increased since 2015.
- Delivery powerhouse Swift has increased its number of crashes by 50%, has increased crash related injuries by 51%, and fatalities have increased by 43%. Swift Transportation mileage has increased to a whopping 1.9 billion miles in the year 2016.
- Fedex reported the highest number of employees at 99,999 drivers while UPS came in second at 47,799 drivers.
For the curious, the statistics information contain more than just accident information. The federal government compiles and reports extensive details that may be of interest, including:
- Inspections of vehicles, drivers and cargo
- Safety rating as determined by the government
- Number of drivers employed and trucks in operation
- Examples of an actual accident report
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 2015-2017 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.
If you have been involved in an accident and may be seeking a lawyer who understands the complex matter of litigating a truck accident case, please feel free to call us for a private and confidential consultation. We can be reached at 877-591-1801, or use any of the Case Evaluation forms on this page.
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The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 95% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
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