Safety

The South Carolina Trucking Association is working continuously to ensure that our highways are safe places for all to drive.  Our effort to improve the safety of commercial vehicle operations benefits everyone.  

SCTA works closely with state and federal agencies to promote highway safety initiatives and promote all state and federal highway safety regulations.

The trucking industry is committed to sharing the road safely with all vehicles; however, everyone is responsible for highway safety.

Truck Safety Has Improved Significantly

  • The number of truck-involved fatal crashes has declined by 32%. (1980-2014)
  • The large truck involved fatal crash rate per 100 million miles dropped by 74%. (1980-2014)
  • Trucks have an overall crash rate 28% lower than that of other vehicles.
  • Research shows that car drivers are principally at-fault in approximately three-qaurters (70-75%) of fatal car-truck crashes. 

America's truck drivers are professionals dedicated to keeping our highways safe. Americans around the country depend on the trucking industry to deliver life's essentials safely and efficiently. The nation's 3.1 million professional truck drivers follow stringent safety regulations, attend frequent training programs, and work to educate the motoring public on how to safely drive around tractor-trailers.

 

Accidents Continue to Decrease in South Carolina

In South Carolina, collisions involving a commercial motor vehicle and the injuries and fatalities associated with those collisions, continue to decrease based on the most recent data.

 

When dealing with accidents involving commercial motor vehicles, it is significant to know which vehicle caused the collision.

Did you know that the passenger vehicle (non-CMV) is responsible for fatal accidents nearly 80% of the time in South Carolina?

National data also reiterates the importance of passenger vehicles knowing how to safely operate around commercial motor vehicles.

  • Studies indicate that 80% of crashes are caused by the car driver. (Based on studies conducted by Virginia Tech, 2006 and AAA, 2002)
  • In fatal crashes involving a head-on collision between a large truck and a passenger vehicle, 85% of the time, the passenger vehicle encroached into the truck’s lane.
  • In fatal crashes involving a rear-end collision between a large truck and a passenger vehicle, 80% of the time, the passenger vehicle rear-ended the large truck.