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Large truck collisions: How often do they happen, and why?

If you drive anywhere in Brunswick, then you’ve likely come across large trucks. Semis and 18-wheelers, commercial vehicles and tankers all weigh tens of thousands of pounds and are much more likely to cause serious collisions than passenger vehicles.

Driving around these large vehicles can be frightening, especially if you notice that the driver isn’t being as safe as they should be. A driver who falls asleep, is impaired or is distracted could cause a serious or fatal collision.

How often are trucks and large buses involved in fatal crashes?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a total of 5,096 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal collisions with others in 2018. That’s up 1% from 2017, which is concerning.

Injury collisions involving large trucks and buses increased, too. In 2018, there were 121,000 crashes. In 2016, there were 112,000.

What’s causing these collisions?

There are many reasons why truck crashes could happen. Some typical causes include:

  • Dangerous driving, such as speeding
  • Drowsiness or falling asleep behind the wheel
  • Impairment from drugs or alcohol
  • Distractions, such as eating behind the wheel or texting

What can you do to avoid being in a crash with a large truck?

To help protect yourself, it’s a good idea to give large trucks plenty of space. Avoid riding alongside the vehicle or too close to the rear, as these areas are harder for the driver to see.

Get in touch with Steve Morgan

If you’re hit by a large truck, it’s time to take action. You may have a case against the driver. Steven Morgan takes an interest in each of his clients personally. He is a local attorney who has your best interests at heart. Call today at 912-289-0640.