Since 2009, the number of serious injury and fatal truck accidents in the United States has increased just about every single year. This is according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the nation’s authority on highway hazards.
No state is exempt from the risk of serious truck accidents, as the factors that cause them tend to occur everywhere. For instance, construction zones are one of the most common areas where truck accidents occur. In 2014, 30.1 percent of fatal construction zone accidents involved a large truck, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Another hazard common across the country is truck drivers traveling while distracted or fatigued. Even though federal trucking laws prohibit the use of hand-held electronics, many drivers ignore this rule and continue to text and manipulate their phones while behind the wheel. Fatigue is also a serious problem with truckers trying to beat deadlines or get in extra miles.
Finally, there’s drunk or impaired truckers who make our highways unsafe. These types of impairment caused 60 truck accidents in Ohio in 2015, reports the Department of Public Safety. The tragic part is, the majority of the victims of truck accidents are people in passenger vehicles. Truck drivers are less likely to be injured because their vehicle is larger and offers more protection.
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