Commercial Truck and Bus Crashes: Can the National Crash Facts Reduce Them?
The United States Department of Transportation employs this information to reduce fatalities on our roadways and you can take a look at it for your state. http://www.ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/CrashProfile/CrashProfileMainNew.asp
The website is user-friendly, with a map of the United States. Each individual state can be clicked to reveal its crash information. In Maryland in 2008, 648 large trucks were involved in injury accidents and 181 buses. The total victims of these crashes were 1,241. The total fatalities from eighteen wheeler, semi and commercial trucks was 52.
In the District of Columbia in 2008 there were few large truck crashes at 4 but there were two resulting fatalities and 5 injuries. Commercial buses appeared to have caused 1 fatality and 2 injuries.
Obviously, there is a considerable disparity between the District of Columbia and Maryland. The District has a very limited amount of highway with the higher speeds that cause so much potential destruction in Maryland.
The utility in the crash statistics lies in the ability to focus on the specifics of individual collisions. A vast amount of information can be seen including weather conditions, the roadway, the first harmful event and the initial impact area.
Interestingly, one can also compare federal crash records with state records and they don't always match. Many of the suggestions promulgated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are direct products of the data at this website.