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The dangers of trucks

One of the dangers on the roads we might take for granted are trucks. When we experience bad weather, we will proceed with caution. If we are near a road construction zone, signs and cones give us clear warnings. And if we see an animal or object on the road, we instinctively act to avoid it and prevent an accident. But each of these situations is relatively uncommon.

We encounter trucks on the roads every day, and may not even consider the inherent dangers they present. Trucks take more time to accelerate or slow down, and have a more difficult time swerving or moving to change lanes or to avoid an accident. Truck drivers also have to deal with larger blind spots, crosswinds and the chance of jackknifing, all of which could lead to a serious accident. With their size and weight far larger than traditional cars, when involved in an accident, trucks are far more likely to cause serious or catastrophic damage and injuries.

According to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2015 there were over 4,300 large truck and bus accidents in the United States that led to a fatality. In addition, there was approximately 97,000 injuries related to large truck and bus accidents on the roads in 2015 as well.

Regardless of how cautious we may be on the roads, there is always a chance we could be in an accident. While most car accidents are relatively minor, truck accidents could lead to very serious or catastrophic injuries, or even death, as we have highlighted above.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2015," Accessed July 6, 2017

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