Why Trucking Accidents Are So Dangerous
Every week, truck drivers across the United States log an average of 2.5 billion miles over the road. Trucks are particularly prevalent on highways throughout Indiana, the state commonly known as the “Crossroads of America.” With this many trucks on the road, accidents are bound to happen. Get the facts on why truck accidents are so dangerous, and what you can do to avoid them.
Weighing tens of thousands of pounds and measuring dozens of feet in length, trucks are much more difficult to slow down and maneuver in sudden traffic changes than traditional passenger vehicles. When an accident does occur, it often results in catastrophic injury or death to passenger vehicle occupants.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a total of 4,102 people died in large truck crashes in 2017. Sixty-eight percent of these deaths were occupants of cars and passenger vehicles, and 14% were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.
Commercial trucks have large blind spots, which makes driving near and passing trucks dangerous. While driving, many truckers are not able to see cars 30 feet behind them, 20 feet in front of them, one lane to the left in their blind spot, and two lanes to the right in their blind spot. A good rule to keep in mind while driving is that if you cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirror, the truck driver likely cannot see you. Do your best to stay out of the truck’s blind spots and do not move near the truck until you are sure the truck driver knows you are there.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, our attorneys at Wagner Reese can help protect your rights. We have the experience necessary to fight for the compensation you are owed for your losses. While financial recovery cannot undo the suffering you have experienced, it can help with the cost of medical treatment and lost wages.
Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 to learn how we can assist you.