Or so says Sgt. Ray Boldt in British Columbia. From canada.com:
Among 28,700 injuries and 460 fatalities from vehicle crashes in 2005, heavy-commercial-vehicle crashes (including those involving buses) injured more than 1,550 people and killed 82, according to the Insurance Corporation of B.C.
A Transport Canada study in 2004 showed that truck crashes are responsible for a much higher rate of death and injury than accidents caused by passenger vehicles: eight fatalities per 10,000 vehicles compared with 1.5 per 10,000 for all vehicles combined.
The death toll from big-rig crashes makes up 18 per cent of all fatal collisions in the province.
It's not just an epidemic of safety here in the U.S. Go here for more.