So many trucks are on the roads of North Carolina that you could drive from Wrightsville Beach to the Great Smoky Mountains surrounded by them. If you spend a lot of time near trucks, you may be interested in the most common types of truck crashes as well as how to avoid them.
What are the leading causes of truck accidents involving other vehicles?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) can identify the cause of just over half of these accidents. Although a vehicle malfunction or a slippery road surface can be the cause, a large majority were caused by driver actions.
What are the driver actions that can cause truck accidents?
Drivers unable to correct for a sudden change in traffic flow is a leading cause of collisions. Drivers who do not know the road or were not properly surveying it can also hit other vehicles. Fast driving and illegal maneuvers are also factors in some accidents.
What can other drivers do to avoid collisions with trucks?
More than a third of truck collisions involving passenger cars happened in the truck's blind spots, directly behind the trailer and on the sides out of view of the rearview mirrors. Spending as little driving time as possible in blind spots reduces the chances of an accident.
What do I do if I have been in a truck accident?
If someone is injured, stop all vehicles and call for emergency response. Insurers should always be informed, and police should usually be informed once all people and property are secure. Consider legal representation if financial damages may be required.