When a 20 ton vehicle and a 1,500 lbs. car tangle, the passengers in the car are in grave danger. It doesn’t even matter who caused the accident, the people in a passenger car are always going to come out worse than the person in the tractor-trailer. Even the vehicles themselves can’t compare; a small car could be completely totaled while the only damage to the truck was a mere scuff. As long as these massive vehicles are on the road and human error exists, collisions are bound to happen. The bad news for motorists is, truckers aren’t going anywhere; our country is completely dependent on the trucking industry and tractor-trailers are the only reasonable way to transport goods across the country.
The Numbers on Tractor-Trailer Accidents
- According to TruckingInfo.net, the following information is true about trucking accidents.
- 500,000 trucking accident occur annually
- Up to 5,000 deaths are due to tractor-trailer accidents
A driver or passenger in a vehicle collision with a tractor trailer has only a 2% survival rate
Avoid Becoming a Victim of These Incidents
If you know what you are up against and how to react, you stand a better chance of avoiding collisions with a tractor-trailer. You must first know that there are many blind spots for the trucker – don’t hang out beside a truck for too long, avoid driving near the rear parts of the sides, and don’t attempt to outturn a truck making a turn, especially on the right. Drivers also need to be aware that the braking distance on a truck is far more than a car, if you cut them off, don’t expect them to stop on a dime. Use vigilance and common sense and remember that the driver may be extremely fatigued or distracted and don’t try to take on the machinery they are trying to handle.
Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C. is a truck, tractor,and trailer accident law firm located in New York/Vermont. For more information, please visit us at www.tractor-trailer-lawyers.com.