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How to Avoid Truck Accidents

December 27, 2016

 

 

It goes without saying, every driver at one point or another will (or already has) experienced a time of sitting in traffic on the expressway as a result of an accident involving a tractor trailer. Those times are scary for both truck drivers and drivers of passenger vehicles alike. The accidents remind us that we need to be careful and pay attention while we are driving. For a short time we do, however, after a while, we forget.

 

Trucks are involved in nearly 300,000 accidents every year, resulting in more than 3,000 unnecessary deaths. With over 11 million trucks on the road, drivers need to begin to take responsibility to help lower these numbers.

 

Accident Victims

 

The majority of deaths from truck accidents were individuals riding in the passenger vehicle that was involved in the accident. But, that still leaves around 700 truck driver fatalities annually. As a truck driver, it should go without saying, you don’t want to be on either side of the coin. The tips in this infographic (listed below) can help you avoid being involved in an accident altogether.

 

Maintain Your Rig

 

Mechanical failure is one of the most common causes of truck accidents. Truck drivers have an important responsibility to maintain their vehicles. Keeping up with the regular maintenance that a tractor-trailer needs is the best way to avoid causing an accident due to mechanic issues. As a truck driver, completing regular checks of the three areas mentioned in the image, will help you to keep your rig in good running condition to keep yourself and others safe.

 

Don’t Drive Distracted

 

As shown in the infographic, distracted driving accounts for many accidents. What exactly does this mean? Drivers could be fatigued, texting, or not paying attention to the road conditions. There are many other ways they could be distracted. Many time