A significant concern for truck drivers in the past was drowsy driving and falling asleep behind the wheel due to extended work hours. In recent times, those numbers have decreased. However, speeding and cell phone use has increased.
According to Lytx, a global driver risk management company, data shows that truck drivers are safer than other commercial fields when it comes to tailgating and responding to emergencies too late. However, the data also shows that cell phone use, speeding and drivers not wearing seatbelts increased among truck drivers.
Here are a few specific statistics that the company found when it came to truck drivers:
- Monday was the day with the fewest truck accidents.
- Thursday is the day with the most truck accidents.
- Drivers become more fatigued as the week carries on.
- The time of day with the most truck-related crashes was 5 a.m. to noon.
- According to 2017 statistics, truck-related accidents cost fleets nearly $57 billion. The statistics take into account medical expenses, lost productivity and vehicle repairs.
What Laws must Truck Drivers follow?
Under federal law, it is illegal for truck drivers to talk or text on phones while driving. While this law extends to anyone operating a motor vehicle, it becomes even more of a duty for truck drivers, given how much damage a truck accident can cause. Truck drivers, like any other drivers, are also required to maintain speed limits at all times. When truck drivers exceed speed limits, the risk of accidents increases and can result in terrible injuries or death.
How can I stay safe from Truck Accidents?
- Avoid blind spots – The area where a truck and trailer are connected is a terrible blind spot for a truck driver. Try to keep your car away from that area while operating within the inside lanes. A good rule of thumb to follow is if you cannot see the driver’s face in the side mirror, they cannot see you.
- Do not let trucks tailgate you – The braking distance for a truck is vastly different from an everyday vehicle. It takes, on average, 4.5 seconds longer for a truck to come to a complete stop. Even if you are in the furthest right-hand lane, if a truck begins to tailgate, it may be best for you to go to the next lane and let them pass.
- Keep your eyes on the road – This may seem like an obvious thing to do. However, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and auto-related deaths. Furthermore, if you pay close attention to the truck in front of you, it may be possible to spot signs of erratic driving. If you see these signs, give yourself a few more car lengths from the truck to be on the safe side.
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