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While there is no remedy for the significant size discrepancy that exists between a passenger vehicle and a semi truck, there are many ways that we can all do our own part to reduce the number of large truck accidents on the roads while also keeping our loved ones and ourselves safe.

Stay Alert and Always Practice Defensive Driving—It is always best to use extra caution around large trucks and tractor-trailers. These vehicles are very different to operate compared to other cars and SUVs, and they behave quite differently as well. At highway speeds, and especially in adverse conditions, make sure to give trucks space to maneuver, stop and turn. Don’t cut trucks off to reach an exit or nearby turn, and respect truck drivers.

Avoid the Blind Spots of Large Trucks—Semi trucks and other large tractor-trailers have enormous blind spots, and this makes driving around these vehicles especially dangerous. Roughly 1/3rd of all truck accidents are a result of a car driving in the blind spot of a semi. In this respect, the best rule of thumb is: if you can’t see a truck driver’s side mirrors, you know for a fact a truck driver can’t see you either.

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The term ‘trucking accident‘ encompasses any collision that involves a large trailer, usually with a frame weighing in excess of 10,000 lbs. Approximately 500,000 of these accidents occur every year in the United States, adding up to one out of every eight traffic fatalities. Still, with the economy doing well and revenues connected to the trucking industry totaling well over $600 billion last year, it’s safe to say that sharing our roadways with large trucks is not an option, it’s simply reality. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
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While there is no remedy for the significant size discrepancy that exists between a passenger vehicle and a semi truck, there are many ways that we can all do our own part to reduce the number of large truck accidents on the roads while also keeping our loved ones and ourselves safe.
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Trucking accidents are extremely dangerous for both drivers and passengers on the road. Crashes that fall under this distinction involve large tractor-trailers weighing in excess of 10,000 lbs., and because of their massive size and tremendous weight, most other automobiles don’t stand a chance when involved in a collision. Roughly 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States, and of these some 5,000 result in fatalities.

Even so, trucking is a big time business, and the United States economy gains well over $600 billion in annual revenues from shipping and mass-transport of goods and commodities. These profit margins are estimated to nearly double in the coming years, and as a result, it is safe to say that we will be seeing a far greater number of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers on the roads in the future. Therefore, it is safe to say these trailers will be on the road for a long time. (NHTSA)
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The tremendous size of semi-trucks makes them ideal for hauling heavy loads of freight and materials all across our country. These vehicles help us deliver many of the goods that we take for granted in our day-to-day lives, and more than $600 billion dollars moves through this industry every year, so they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Even so, the enormous weight and incredible momentum carried by semi-trucks can prove extremely dangerous in the event of an accident. Statistics show that an astonishing 98% of all fatalities in trucking accidents are occupants of passenger vehicles, which goes to show just how powerful these tractor-trailers really are. (Legal-Info)
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Just five years ago, many crash-avoidance systems were options that could only be found on a small number of luxury models. Yet, as time and technology has progressed, many automotive brands have started to spread innovative safety features throughout more of their models, promising to save thousands of lives – and billions of dollars in the public, as well as private sectors.
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Trucking accidents are extremely dangerous for both drivers and passengers on the road. These crashes, by definition, involve large tractor-trailers weighing in excess of 10,000 lbs., and because of their massive frames and heavy cargos, most other automobiles don’t stand a chance when involved in a collision. Roughly 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States, and of those, some 5,000 result in fatalities.
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The massive size of semi-trucks makes them extremely useful for hauling freight and other materials across the country; $610 billion dollars goes into this industry every year. These vehicles help deliver many of the goods we rely on in our day-to-day lives, but their tremendous size also makes them extremely dangerous in the event of an accident. Roughly 98% of all fatalities in trucking accidents are occupants of passenger vehicles, which demonstrates just how powerful these tractor-trailers can be. (Legal-Info)

Truck drivers have a tough job. They are often asked to spend many hours behind the wheel, traveling hundreds of miles across the United States in a given day. In the trucking industry, time is money, and this leads many companies to push their drivers and trucks to the limits of safety and beyond in the name of profit. The sad truth is that far too many trucking accident injuries occur because of negligence, and many could be avoided by simply using necessary caution.
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When it comes to freeways and interstate highways, it seems like semi trucks and tractor-trailers are everywhere. In many ways, these vehicles are an integral part of the backbone of our nation’s economy, but in others, they are a source of great personal and societal expense. Due to the sheer size and mass of these vehicles, they are difficult to operate and are incredibly dangerous when involved in accidents. Last year alone, some 4,000 people were killed, and 104,000 were seriously injured in approximately 500,000 crashes involving large trucks (vehicles with a gross weight rating in excess of 10,000 lbs.), an increase of 4% compared to the preceding year.

Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this issue is that the vast majority (over 83%) of large truck accident fatalities occur in the passenger vehicles hit by semi trucks and tractor-trailers, as opposed to the truck itself. This means that this is an issue that is important to all of us. Over the past several years, the number of trucks on U.S. roadways has increased substantially, but the number of deaths has remained fairly consistent. Our lawyers know that to continue to make trucking safer, we must all do our part; here are a few ways that we can all make a positive difference.
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During the last several years, the number of trucks and tractor-trailers hauling cargo around the United States has dramatically increased, and with the economy recovering each week, this trend is bound to continue. Every year, large truck accidents kill nearly 4,000 Americans, so our lawyers want to take a moment to provide a few tips that truck drivers and passenger cars can utilize to keep themselves and everyone around them safe.
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