You would probably think that there is a fairly extensive history of statistics and data to draw upon for fatal truck accidents. However, you may be surprised to find out that fatal truck accident data has only been kept since 1975. Fatalities in truck accidents spiked in 1979 and have been on a steady downwards trend since then. But that doesn't mean there can't be the occasional spike or blip on the radar.
Just such a spike occurred recently. 2013 data shows that fatalities in truck accidents that year were 14 percent higher than they were in 2009, the lowest year for truck accident fatalities since these types of accidents have been tracked.