Statistics on Butte County Truck Accidents

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November 18, 2019
Edward Smith

Statistics on Butte County Truck Accidents

Oroville and nearby areas are often thought of as relatively quiet and peaceful. With low populations and lots of space, many are surprised to learn that many serious accidents take place on local roads and highways. Because of the high amount of agricultural activity in the area and the fact that multiple major highways run through Butte County, local roads have seen their fair share of collisions, especially crashes involving large commercial vehicles. If you live in Oroville or a nearby area, you might be interested in reading the following data about Butte County truck accidents.

Accidents Overview

During the years for which data is available (2007-2018), UC Berkeley research shows that 1002 traumatic vehicle accidents took place within Butte County. Out of these, 285 involved a large truck. This means that well over one-quarter of the crashes that happen in Butte County are trucking collisions. According to the data, these 285 trucking accidents including 8 crashes involving a pedestrian, 12 involving a bicycle, and 13 involving a motorcycle. Additionally, just over half took place on a state-operated highway while the other half happened on municipal or county roads.


Because of their massive size, commercial trucks tend to cause much more serious injuries in the event of a crash. In Butte County, trucking accidents had a fatality rate of almost six percent, making crashes involving a large truck about three times more deadly than those involving normal passenger vehicles. Additionally, trucking accidents had a severe injury rate of about eight percent, nearly double the rate for passenger vehicle collisions.

Collision Type

These collision types were more common during Butte County truck accidents than others. The types are listed below from most to least common:

  • Rear-End (84 accidents total)
  • Broadside (83)
  • Sideswipe (39)
  • Head-On (25)
  • Hit Object (24)
  • Rollovers (17)


The large majority of trucking collisions are caused primarily by a driver who violates traffic laws. The most common violations involved in Butte County trucking accidents are listed here again from most to least common:

  • Speeding (94 accidents total)
  • Right-of-Way violations (37)
  • Improper turning (31)
  • Traffic sign or signal violations (29)
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road (24)
  • DUI (18)

Why Quick Action is Important

As stated above, trucking accidents are likely to cause severe injuries. In many cases, trucking companies are liable to pay for the damages caused by these accidents. However, because companies are aware of their liability and the risks involved in running their businesses, they are almost always prepared to begin defending themselves right away. Usually, companies will send a private legal team directly to the accident site in order to collect their own evidence and take statements from witnesses.

In order to make sure that you and your family are fairly compensated for your damages, it’s vital to call an Oroville truck accident lawyer right away. If your lawyer can begin investigating and working on your case early on, it drastically improves their ability to protect your right to compensation.

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