In 2015, trucks were involved in 3,838 fatal crashes. In 2012, the last year for which statistics are available, police received 317,000 reports of crashes involving a large truck.
Drowsy driving is a leading cause of crashes across the country for all vehicles. But sleepiness and fatigue are believed to cause a disproportionate share of accidents in long-haul trucking, with more truck drivers than ever falling asleep at the wheel.
Sharing the road with big rigs, tractor trailers and semis in New York is no easy task. Every year, hundreds of motorists are seriously injured or killed in truck accidents – many of which were largely preventable.