The American Trucking Associations, the nation's largest trade association for the trucking sector, recently released a rather encouraging report concerning the rate of fatal truck accidents here in the U.S.
Specifically, after examining data gathered by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, the ATA found that the number of fatal truck accidents per 100 million miles traveled has fallen by 4.76 percent over the last two years and, far more significantly, 40.6 percent over the last decade.
As impressive as these numbers are, it's still important for motorists not to let their guard down when traveling in the vicinity of semis.
That's because virtually any type of negligent action on the part of truckers out on the highways-- driving while distracted, driving while fatigued, driving while impaired, etc. -- can have catastrophic consequences for the occupants of passenger vehicles given the considerable size differential.
What then can motorists do to help ensure they don't become another truck accident statistic?
Some basic safety tips offered by experts include:
- Always resist the urge to ride in any of the four blind spots found on a truck, including the driver's side, the passenger's side, immediately behind the trailer, and immediately in front of the truck itself.
- Always try not to leave too short of a distance between yourself and the truck traveling behind you, as it takes them the equivalent of a football field to come to a complete stop in favorable conditions.
- Always try to avoid following too closely, as trucks often send debris flying through the air and may jackknife if they come to a sudden halt.
- Always use turn signals and pay attention to the signals being used by trucks
Here's hoping that we continue to see the number of fatal truck accidents fall in 2016 and beyond.
It's important to know that if the actions of a negligent trucker have resulted in serious personal injuries or the loss of a loved one that you do have options. A skilled and proven legal professional can fight to secure the justice and peace of mind that you and your family deserve.