Accident Statistics by Carrier

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Below you will find detailed information on the safety histories of some of the nation’s largest trucking companies. You’ve probably seen many of these  trucking fleets on the highway.

All carriers are required to report this information to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an agency under the Department of Transportation. The FMCSA routinely makes this information available to the public. The information below is from the most recent figures, which chronicle December 2015 to December 2017.


Which are the safest trucking companies and which are the most dangerous?

Check out this blog post that illustrates some of the key numbers in a bar graph.


How to Compare

Keep in mind when comparing these statistics that a company’s overall safety record is about more than simply the total number of accidents. A company’s safety is more accurately determined by comparing the number of accidents to the number of highway miles traveled. Likewise, the percentage of the accidents that cause injury or death, as opposed to those that simply damage property, is also important to understanding the general safety rating of a company.

For example, Swift Transportation reported 2,256 crashes over the two-year period, resulting in 67 deaths. Averitt Express tallied 425 crashes and 12 deaths in the same time frame—lesser in both categories. But Averitt trucks traveled 392 million miles in 2015 (the only year for which mileage totals are available). Swift trucks traveled 1.9 billion miles in 2015. This means accidents involving Averitt were far more likely to be fatal than those involving Swift, even though Swift registered more accidents-per-mile than Averitt.

Key Findings

  • For the majority of these trucking companies, the total number of accidents and deaths associated with the companies has risen since 2015.
  • The total number of drivers employed by most companies has increased since 2015.
  • Delivery powerhouse Swift has increased its number of crashes by 50%, has increased crash related injuries by 51%, and fatalities have increased by 43%. Swift Transportation mileage has increased to a whopping 1.9 billion miles in the year 2016.
  • Fedex reported the highest number of employees at 99,999 drivers while UPS came in second at 47,799 drivers.

Other Information

For the curious, the pages below contain more than just accident information. The federal government compiles and reports extensive details that may be of interest, including:

  • Inspections of vehicles, drivers and cargo
  • Safety rating as determined by the government
  • Number of drivers employed and trucks in operation
  • Examples of an actual accident report

This List is Not All-Inclusive

While these may be some of the nation’s largest trucking companies, they hardly account for all — or even most — of the trucks on the road. The deaths tallied in these statistics are a fraction of the accidents reported in 2015-2017 from accidents involving trucks. The bulk of those deaths were occupants of another vehicle, not the truck.

The companies listed here and not necessary the most dangerous ones on the road. The number of miles traveled and accidents logged—and the severity of those accidents—varies wildly between companies.

The Truck Accident Attorneys believe these statistics offer a snapshot of how the government tallies the safety history of large trucking companies. They offer a glimpse into how many accidents involve companies you know by name, and how many motorists die each year in those accidents.

It is through sharing and analyzing this and other information that we can help make our roads safer for truck drivers and ordinary motorists alike.