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Rise in CMV Involved Fatalities in 2020

Large semi truck hauling freight on the open highway in the western USA under an evening sky.

Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) are very common on North Carolina’s busy roadways. These vehicles are very easy to spot and most drivers will see multiple per day while on North Carolina’s roads.

What Defines a Commercial Motor Vehicle?

A commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is any vehicle a business uses to transport goods or passengers for the profit of an individual or business. Some common examples of CMVs include tractor-trailers, work vans and box trucks.

Larger CMVs, like tractor-trailers and box trucks can have a harder time stopping and have bigger blind spots. Therefore, a severe collision is a higher risk for CMVs.

North Carolina CMV Collision Statistics

2020 saw 13,795 Commercial Motor Vehicle involved automobile collisions in North Carolina. Of the 13,795 collisions, there were 3,537 injuries and 168 total fatalities. 1,352 of those collisions and 7 of the fatalities occurred in Wake County.

The number of CMV involved collisions were down from 14,091 in 2019, but the number of fatalities was up from 137 in 2019. In fact, 2020 had the highest rate of CMV involved fatalities since 2008.

Failure to reduce speed, inattention, improper lane change and improper turning were the leading causes of CMV related collisions in North Carolina for 2020.

Automobile Collision Attorneys

In the event of a CMV collision due to driver negligence, you deserve to have a well-qualified attorney on your side.

Maginnis Howard’s lead personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard, has years of experience handling complex automobile collision cases. All personal injury matters will be handled on a contingency basis.

You can contact our firm at (919).526.0450,, or through our contact page.