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Causes of Lethal Truck Accidents

Recent studies have shown that between car and truck drivers, car drivers are most like the ones who have caused the accident and are most likely to die after the collision. According to recent studies from AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, within the analyzed 10,000 fatal car-truck accidents that occurred, ninety-eight percent of the accidents resulted to fatalities that happened inside the car. Seventy-five percent of these accidents were caused by car drivers, while the remaining twenty-five percent were caused by truck drivers.

Based on the findings from the AAA report, these lethal truck accidents are due to five major driving and road violations: speeding, not yielding to the right of way, driver inattention, disregarding signs and signals, and failing to stay in your lane. These leading actions have accounted to sixty-five percent of dangerous driving actions that driver commit.

Many car drivers seem to be driving around these trucks the same way they do around smaller vehicles and these wrong estimation and confidence is what results to car-truck collisions. However, lack of proper driving education of commercial “big-rig” truck drivers are what the AAA studies believe to a big factor in these accidents. Truck drivers seem to drive dangerously – believing they are in the right way even if they are not. Because of their bigger size, many motorists believe truck drivers need to be more cautious, watching out for other, smaller vehicles while driving on the roads. Based on an article from the Abel Law Firm, vehicular accidents occur in American roads every eight seconds – this means everyone will be involved in a car accident at least once in their lifetime.

As time passes, road and safe driving education may become more and more important as the number of motorists have increased, making the highways all the more crowded. Just as with smaller vehicles, AAA informs drivers of the trucks blind spots, braking, and many other factors that can limit big-rig trucks ability to maneuver.

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