Truck Crashes Peak in September - Here’s Why

Truck Crashes Peak in September - Here’s Why

Every year in September, the rate of fatal collisions involving large trucks increases. In 2019 alone, there was nearly a 20% increase in fatal crashes from August to September. As the number of truck crashes overall increases annually, drivers should be more aware of these trends and their potential causes. Here's what you should know.

Seasonal Changes in Truck Crash Trends

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), about 57% of fatal truck crashes happen in rural areas, and 75% occur on non-interstate roads. Considering that the United States agricultural industry begins harvest season in September, ending in early December, the location of the majority of crashes coincides with this period.

Trucking companies are a major player in the agricultural industry, as states rely on them to transport goods across the country. Although the American Trucking Association supplies a guide for safe driving during this time of year, truckers are still susceptible to increased fatigue and speeding in order to meet delivery deadlines.

Hours of Service Exemptions During Harvest Season

During this time, drivers in the ag sector also have hours of service exemptions, and they do not have to abide by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 11-hour driving regulation. However, there are limitations to this exemption, including:

  • It is only applicable to drivers transporting farm supplies, agricultural commodities, or livestock and livestock feed during the designated planting and harvest season.
  • The planting and harvest seasons may vary by state, which can determine whether exemptions apply.
  • Limited to a 100-mile radius.

Ultimately, states have the final say on whether these apply to drivers during their season. Drivers should still remember to practice safe driving behaviors during this time and avoid getting behind the wheel when feeling fatigued.

St. Louis Truck Accident Attorneys

Our team at Kolker Law Firm is dedicated to helping improve roadway safety by holding negligent drivers accountable for the injuries they cause. If you or a loved one is suffering from an injury sustained in a truck accident, call (314) 684-8285 or fill out this form to get in touch with a member of our team.