The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released statistics on the number of serious dump truck and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks in 2016 (the latest year with available statistics). Truck drivers in Texas should know that there were 8,206 dump truck accidents so severe that the vehicle had to be towed away. This marked a 9 percent increase from the previous year.

The number of dump truck accidents involving injuries rose 2.7 percent to a total of 5,483. This includes accidents with dump trucks used for non-construction-related activities. As for tow-away accidents involving ready-mix delivery trucks, they increased 9.6 percent with 838 in all in 2016. Accidents that caused injuries went up 3.8 percent. Fatal accidents with ready-mix concrete trucks went from 33 in 2015 to 38 in 2016.

During that same period, the number of fatal accidents with dump trucks declined from 369 to 367. However, the statistics clearly reflect the fact that efforts to prevent accidents with these types of trucks have stalled over the past decade.

With improved technology and better safety campaigns, federal regulators and insurance companies had managed to bring numbers down in the early 2000s, but this did not last long. The main causes for accidents include speeding, distracted driving and truckers acting recklessly for the sake of by-the-load incentives.

Trucking accidents can leave the occupants of passenger vehicles with catastrophic injuries requiring long-term medical treatment. Victims may also be left with emotional trauma and a diminished capacity to earn a living. However, they could be compensated for these and other losses. A personal injury lawyer could come in and evaluate a case. The victim could leave all settlement negotiations with the trucking company to their lawyer.