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The occurrence of accidents is not a scarce one, but because of their size and weight, accidents involving trucks, usually cause more damage than other vehicles with smaller weights and sizes. The reason is not far-fetched as trucks averagely weigh 20 – 30 times that of cars. However, cars are the more vulnerable victims whenever a crash happens with a truck.
Accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists are therefore way more dangerous. While no accident is preferable, accidents involving trucks are more dangerous as they oftentimes lead to alarming damages or even death.
In analysing the information from the data made available by the California Highway Patrol, it shows that 367 residents of the state, died in truck accidents in 2017. However, statistics indicate that although motor vehicle crashes have fallen over the last several decades, truck accidents have actually increased. Here are some of the amazing facts you should know;
In determining who is responsible for truck accidents, statistics further show that:
TYPES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS AND THEIR CAUSES
Jack-knife accidents occur, when the cab of a truck folds into an inappropriate angle to the truck, making it look like a jack-knife. This kind of accident is often caused by the failure of the driver to properly consider the condition of the road and the weather. It also happens when a truck driver takes sharp turns at a fast pace. All of these, alongside speeding, are major reasons jack-knife accidents can be common.
Due to the length and time it takes to come to a full stop, large trucks sometimes end up colliding into the rear end of other vehicles in front of them. Unlike smaller vehicles, trucks take a longer time, and more skill to come to a stop. If this is not properly done, there are chances that they will end up colliding with other vehicles.
Truck underride occurs when a smaller vehicle ends up under the belly of a truck. This could be as a result of the carelessness of the truck driver or the driver of the other vehicle. Either way, truck underride accidents account for about half of the fatalities of truck-car accidents. This means that caution should be paid to avoid such. Other road users must give trucks more than enough room to operate, to prevent such accidents from happening.
Other common causes of truck accidents are:
Truck accidents can be reduced drastically. All it takes is obeying traffic rules, avoiding overspeed, and paying attention to other vehicles or pedestrians. Save your lives and of others. Human lives are irreplaceable.
Stay safe at driving.
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