Truck accidents are extremely dangerous. In fact, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s “Crash Analysis, Statistics & Information Notebook – 2008,” 231 people were killed and 5,244 were injured in wrecks with large trucks in 2006. Altogether, there were more than 23,000 large truck accidents that year.
Those are staggering statistics, and they can make anyone wary of driving around trucks. However, it is possible to safely share the roads with these large vehicles as long as you’re knowledge about the hazards they pose.
These are the most common types of truck accidents you should be on the lookout for while driving:
- Rollovers – Going around curves or turns at high speeds can cause a large truck to tip and roll over. You should give trucks plenty of space when turning, don’t crowd them, and be patient for them to finish their turn.
- Jackknife – When a truck loses control at a high speed, the cab can fold inward, propelling the vehicle forward into any oncoming traffic or road hazards. If you see a truck out of control, stop and pull off the roadway as quickly as possible.
- Blind spot – Every car has a blind spot, but because of the size of some trucks, theirs are especially large. Be careful not to sit in a truck’s blind spot; it’s very possible they can’t see you and may change lanes or turn into your vehicle.
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