Maintaining Safety Around Commercial Vehicles
Commercial drivers undeniably play a very important role in our everyday living. Long haul trucking is regarded as one of the most crucial jobs in the country. They help the economy by transporting goods that are used on a daily basis. However, sharing the road with commercial vehicles, such as trucks, can be challenging. When you’re not careful, it can also be very risky.
The 2014 Large Truck and Bus Facts report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reveals that large trucks and buses had been involved in 3,978 cases of fatal crashes. This shows a 5 percent decrease from the previous year.
Between 2004 and 2009, the number of fatal crashes decreased by 33 percent. However, between 2009 and 2013, crash rates increased to 20 percent. It decreased again from 2013-2014 by 4.5 percent.
From 2013-2014, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased by 5 percent, from 3,921 to 3,744. The involvement rate of large trucks also decreased by 6 percent, from 1.43 to 1.34.
Meanwhile, the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 21 percent, from 73,000 in 2013 to 88,000 in 2014. Large truck involvement rate likewise increased by 21 percent.
For buses, the number of fatal crashes has shown a 17 percent decrease from 282 to 234.
Commercial Drivers and Medical Conditions
According to The Kentucky Transportation Office of Highway Safety, the most fatal crashes involving large trucks are caused by the car, and not the commercial vehicle. However, both parties still have a role to play in maintaining everyone's safety on the road.
Commercial drivers, for one, need to be honest about any medical condition they’re enduring. Otherwise, the consequences could be very dangerous.
According to the US Department of Transportation, drivers cannot take a controlled substance without a prescription from a licensed practitioner. Using any habit forming drug, such as narcotics, renders a driver medically unqualified.
Safety Tips When Around Commercial Vehicles
In Kentucky, commercial vehicles were involved in 10 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014. Over half of these crashes are caused by the passenger vehicle.
It’s necessary that car drivers are extra cautious when driving around commercial vehicles.
Do not tailgate. Be aware of blind spots as the view of truck drivers can be very limited. Avoid making abrupt movements such as changing lanes. Instead, keep your driving pace and let the truck pass by safely.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I understand that sometimes you’re pressed for time and needed to be at your destination early. Still, avoid rushing and remember there are also large trucks and buses in the road that might also be chasing after schedules. It’s always better to arrive late than not make it safely. Stay patient at all times and it will go a long way to making it to your destination safely.