How the Day, Time, and Place Increases Truck Accident Risks
A truck accident is a complex event. The driver, the vehicle, the amount being hauled, along with road, traffic, and weather conditions can all be contributing factors. Unfortunately, these accidents often involve serious and potentially life threatening injuries for other motorists. To understand how to reduce your risks, it helps to be aware of some of the underlying circumstances that often influence driving behaviors and make accidents more likely to occur.
Common Circumstances Surrounding Truck Accidents
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that roughly one out of every ten traffic fatalities involve 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, and other types of large trucks. Truck accidents result in an estimated 140,000 injuries and 5,000 deaths each year on U.S. roads. In 65 percent of cases, it is motorists who suffer the most severe impacts. Common factors in these accidents include the following:
- Dangerous truck driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, and disregarding traffic signals;
- Lack of driver training and improper loading or vehicle maintenance practices;
- Reckless behaviors on the part of motorists, such as following a truck too closely or driving in their blind spot;
- Wet, rainy conditions, and wind, snow, or fog;
- Poor road conditions, and areas under construction.
According to American Trucker, the day, time, and location where you are driving also have a significant impact on driver safety, and can increase the odds that a truck accident will happen.
Frequent Days, Times, and Locations of Truck Accidents
Citing statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, American Trucker states that the following quirks can increase your truck accident risks:
- Day of the week: Among drivers with Monday through Friday delivery schedules, Thursdays are the most common for trucking accidents to occur. Near the end of the week, drivers are more likely to be tired and under stress, and are eager to meet their weekly quotas. This makes speeding and distracted driving more common, and increases the likelihood of dangerous errors.
- Time of the day: While you might think the middle of the night or late evening hours would be the most dangerous, the majority of serious accidents occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. This is likely due to the increase in traffic on the roads, which increases the potential consequences if a driving error occurs.
- Driving location: While freeways and interstates might appear to be more dangerous due to traffic and the high rates of speed, more than half of truck crashes occur outside of these locations. On city and rural roads, variances in speed limits require vigilance, while turns and frequent traffic signals require more immediate responses.
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