Driving our nation’s roads and highways every day can be a dangerous occupation. Making it a lot worse is inconsiderate drivers who hang in your blind spot, speed, drive recklessly, drunk, or distracted. Many believe it is the big rig drivers that cause truck accidents, but statistics show that is far from the truth.
The truth is, although tractor-trailers involved in accidents cause a lot more damage, they are usually not the one who induced the accident. Distracted drivers can be just as dangerous as reckless or drunk drivers, and truckers as a group are much more focused on their driving than drivers of cars and small trucks.
Many cars, SUVs and pickup truck drivers are not nearly as fixated on driving as their big rig counterparts. They’re driving down the road with a phone stuck in their ear as if they don’t have a care in the world, and couldn’t care less that they’re straddling two lanes. Now that’s not to say every small vehicle driver is that careless, but when you compare statistics truck accidents are more often caused by those small vehicles when you consider the percentage of miles driven.
Comparative Data, Truck Accidents
Admittedly, there are billions of small cars on the roads compared to approximately 3.5 million commercial motor vehicles (CMV) trucks. But, did you know that in the average year, nearly one half million truck accidents occur, but in less than one percent of those accidents was the driver found to be drinking alcohol or using drugs? Likewise, only around 5 percent of large truck accidents could be attributed to driver distraction.
Of the reasons for truck accidents, driver fatigue, was ranked as the number twelve reason. Although, in truck accidents where the truck driver was found at-fault, 87 percent of the time, it was due to fatigue. The top five reasons for truck accidents are:
- Loss of vehicle control after a blowout or other mechanical failure – vehicle maintenance
- Another vehicle’s encroachment of lane – turned in too soon or a stopped vehicle
- Poor condition of roadways, including snow accumulation
- Cargo related causes
Therefore, the number one cause of truck accidents could be reduced by better vehicle maintenance and the second by reducing speed. Everyone on America’s highways need to pay more attention to driving while on the road. Even one accident caused by distracted driving is one too many.
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The 2018 CA Commercial Driver Handbook .pdf
Bigcitydriver.com article, Comparison: Truck Accidents vs. Car Accidents