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How Do You Avoid a Big Truck Accident?

How Do You Avoid a Big Truck Accident?

How do you avoid a big truck accident? What steps can drivers take to protect themselves around buses and big rigs? As the amount of freight transported increases, the number of accidents is also increasing. Drivers need to remain vigilant when driving if they want to avoid a large truck accident. Understanding the reasons for the risk and taking proactive measures are the most effective strategies for staying safe on the road.

Trucking in the United States

Nationwide, trucks carried just over 10.8 billion tons of cargo, roughly 71% of all freight transported in the US. In 2017, 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents. This figure was an increase of 9% from 2016. Unsurprisingly, the amount of miles driven is on the rise. The average truck driver now logs more than 100,000 miles per year, which is significantly higher than the average of 13,500 for most motorists.

Steering Clear of Accident Risk

  • Stay Clear of the Blind Spot: Large trucks have blind spots that extend 20 feet in front of the cab, 30 feet to the rear, 30 feet to the right rear of the cab, and 20 feet to the left rear of the cab. Stay out of these spots at all times.
  • Stay Clear of Speeding Trucks: Truck drivers are racking up record numbers of speeding tickets. In 2018, the number of traffic tickets issued by law enforcement rose 7.8% to 146,945. Speeding is becoming more common, and this is the most significant increase recorded since the 9.7% increase that occurred in 2016. Drivers can stay safe by staying in the correct lane and steering clear of speeding trucks. Never attempt to race a truck or cut in front of a large vehicle.
  • Stay Clear of Drowsy Truck Drivers: Watch for signs of a drowsy truck driver. Avoid the truck if it is not maintaining a consistent speed, is veering out of the lane of travel, or makes sudden course corrections. While you can encounter a drowsy driver at any time of day, this is most likely to occur in the late evening and early morning hours.
  • Stay Clear of Aggressive Drivers: Never engage a large truck in a game of chicken. It's a surefire way to end up in a big truck accident. If you encounter a large truck driver engaging in aggressive driving behaviors such as failing to signal turns, speeding, tailgating, etc., give them a wide berth and report them to law enforcement.

Call in the Bull to speak with a truck crash lawyer and discuss your big truck accident. Our team can help you pursue claims in Wichita, Liberal, Garden City, and throughout Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. You can call us at 1-800-241-BRAD, or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400 to speak with an attorney. You can reach Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can call Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237. You can call from Western Kansas at 620-THE-BULL.