I-20, One of the Most Deadly Interstates for Truck Drivers
A February 2, 2021, news article posted on FREIGHTWAVES.COM explains why I-20 is the fourth most dangerous interstate for truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) describes "large trucks" as trucks that have a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 or more pounds.
The FMCSA reports that large commercial trucks were involved in over 1,130 fatal interstate accidents in 2018, the most current year for trucking accident statistics provided by the FMCSA. Over 450 of those 1,130 truck accidents occurred in stormy weather conditions. These types of truck accidents also increased by 5.3% from 2017.
According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a system currently maintained by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Interstate 20 is the fourth most deadly interstate for truck drivers.
The most current statistical data is from years 2011 through 2015. During those five years, I-20 had 4.7 deaths for every 100 miles driven during snow or rain. I-20 ranks third in the total number of fatal accidents in snow or rain, with 73 deaths.
Interstate 20 spans more than 1,500 miles and begins in Kent, Texas, and ends in Florence, South Carolina, where I-20 ends at I-95.
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