Truck Accident Statistics & How to Avoid Them

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Get The Facts:

  • 500,000 truck accidents occur every year in the United States. Of these accidents, 5,000 result in death.
  • One in 8 traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision.
  • The most significant cause for truck accidents is truck driver fatigue, which accounts for as many as 35-40% of all truck accidents.
  • Commercial trucking revenues totaled $610 billion last year and are expected to double by 2015. Although the expansion of commercial trucking is good news for the economy, it is bad news for cars and motorcycles that share the road with these lethal giants.
  • Of the tractor trailer accidents that occur each year, 98% of fatalities occur to the individuals in the passenger vehicles.
  • 68% of all fatal tractor trailer accidents happened in rural regions.
  • As high as 66% of all fatal truck accidents occurred in the daytime, with weekends accounting for 78% of the total fatal truck accidents that took place in 2003.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer, contact us immediately. How Can You As a Passenger Car Avoid Accidents With Trucks?

  • Avoid a tractor trailer’s blind spots.
  • Avoid passing a truck on the right when the truck is turning right.
  • Observe a truck’s turn signals.
  • Use appropriate passing procedures and do not cut trucks off.
  • Report dangerous driving to proper authorities.

Get all the facts here:

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

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