Truck Accident Statistics from Bain & Rodzik's Truck Accident Attorney in Shallotte NC

In 2008, there were 123,918 non-fatal accidents involving trucks on US roadways. Another 3,944 truck-related accidents involved fatalities. Even though commercial trucks were involved in just 8% of the overall 45,000 fatal accidents, big rigs remain among the most likely type of vehicle to be involved in a fatal accident.

Here, Bain & Rodzik's truck accident attorney in Shallotte NC shares some other startling truck accident statistics that will hopefully raise more awareness about the importance of driving safely around 18-wheelers.

The Prevalence of Truck Accidents

In the United States, a person is injured or killed in an accident involving a large truck (semi-trucks, tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers) every 16 minutes. With the majority of truck-related accidents occurring on rural roadways and during the day, there is increased concern that truck drivers aren't always solely to blame. In many cases, how drivers of passenger vehicles drive near such larger commercial trucks can have an impact on the high numbers of accidents.

Due to the height and length of most 18-wheelers, truck drivers are already driving with a limited field of vision. When the driver of a passenger vehicle tries to pass the truck, their vehicle can disappear from the trucker's line of sight for a brief moment. During this time is when most accidents occur.

Understanding Truckers and Their Unsafe Driving Practices

Of course, commercial truckers often engage in unsafe driving practices in an effort to meet unrealistic delivery deadlines and this behavior is a common cause for the majority of such accidents. Such unsafe driving practices include:

  • Driving faster than the speed limit or the weather permits
  • Making improper lane changes or illegal maneuvers
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving while using a cell phone

Other causes of truck-related accidents can include improperly secured loads, alcohol or drug use, tire blowouts and lack of trailer control, which can result in jack-knifing.

Simply being aware of these potential problems can help you drive more safely around these massive vehicles. When driving around large trucks, follow these tips:

  • Stay alert when driving near a big rig
  • Keep your vehicle far enough back from the truck so that you can see the truck's side mirrors (If you can't see the mirrors, the truck driver can't see you!)
  • Avoid passing the truck while it is making a turn as the truck will have to swing wide in order for the trailer to make the turn
  • When passing a big rig on the highway, wait until you can see the entire cab in your rear-view mirror before signaling and pulling in front of it
  • Keep at least six seconds of space between your vehicle and the truck when the roads are wet

Involved in an Accident with a Truck? Call Our Truck Accident Attorney in Shallotte NC

If you were involved in an accident that was caused by a truck driver's negligent driving, then contact Bain & Rodzik today. Our truck accident attorney in Shallotte NC can help get you the compensation and benefits you deserve. Call us today at 910-762-1199 to schedule a free initial consultation. As always, you don't pay a thing unless we win your case.