According to the latest statistics, the number of commercial trucks traveling U.S. roads has increased over the years and, unfortunately, so has the number of fatal truck crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- In 2009, 3,380 people were killed in large-truck crashes
- In 2010, 3,675 people were killed in commercial truck accidents (up nearly 9%)
- In 2011, 3,757 people were killed in trucking crashes (up 1.9%)
There is no hiding that fatalities involving trucks have increased through the years, and efforts need to be taken to reduce these high statistics and minimize trucking accidents in Norcross, throughout Georgia, and nationwide.
What trucking companies and truckers can do to reduce crashes, includes:
- Ensure the truck is properly serviced and well maintained
- Get proper sleep; don’t drive over the time allowed
- Drive slower in work and construction zones
- Always signal when changing lanes
- Don’t tailgate passenger vehicles
What the public can do to reduce their involvement in trucking accidents, includes:
- Don’t drive in a truck’s “no zones” (also known as blind spots)
- Don’t cut a truck off
- Learn to drive defensively around trucks
- Avoid passing a truck on its right
- Report a trucker’s dangerous driving to authorities
When both truckers and other motorists strive to drive safely, these statistics can be reduced and our roads can be safer.
If you have been injured in a Georgia trucking accident, call the Norcross accident attorney today at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to learn about your rights at 770-HURT-999 and receive a complimentary consultation.