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Why Do Truck Accidents Occur?

Why do truck accidents occur?

When long-haul truck drivers hit the road, they are expected to drive up to 11 hours and approximately 500 miles a day. In 2021, a non-truck driver’s number of miles driven equated to around 39 miles a day. With the high mileage and long hours, truck drivers can be exposed to a variety of situations, including accidents.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

The most common include:

  • Unbalanced Cargo
  • Distracted Driving
  • Fatigue
  • Maintenance Issues
  • Inexperience Driving

Truck Accident Statistics

  • The cost of a truck accident involving one injured party is approximately $148,279. If it was a fatal accident, the price can be upwards of $7 million.
  • In the United States, 74% of all fatal passenger vehicle cases include a large truck.
  • From 2009 to 2019, there was a 47% increase in fatal crashes that involved large trucks or buses.
  • Approximately 500,000 accidents that occur in the United States each year involve large trucks.

How to Avoid Being Involved in a Truck Accident

  • Do not abruptly stop in front of large trucks. For example, a truck traveling 65 mph in good conditions would need about 525 feet to stop, equivalent to two football fields.
  • Stay out of blind spots. Semi-trucks have four big blind spots. If you can’t see a truck driver’s mirrors, they can’t see you.

Blind Spots

  • Give them room. With the amount of weight in a large truck, mistakes can happen. Whether drifting into another lane on the highway or taking an extra-wide turn to avoid tipping over, semis need more room while driving than other vehicles.
  • Be cautious when pulling over on the highway. If you need to pull off on the side of the highway, be aware of where you choose to stop. When a car isn’t pulled off far enough, large trucks that pass by may not have time to get over and both vehicles are at risk of getting hit.