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Sharing the Road with Large Trucks

Sharing the Road with Large Trucks

Sharing the road with large trucks can be inherently dangerous. With work, however, we can make our roads and highways a safer place.

Making our Roads and Highways Safer

The human toll that truck accidents and motor vehicle accidents, in general, cause in terms of death and serious injury is truly staggering.  

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The U.S. Department of Transportation reported that 2008 alone there were over 4,000 large trucks involved in fatal crashes nationwide.  That is a little more than 11 deaths per day in accidents involving a truck.  In addition, there were over 70,000 injuries in crashes involving large trucks, or about 200 injuries per day nationwide.  In New York State, there were over 3,000 fatal and non-fatal accidents involving large trucks, and more than 100 of these resulted in fatalities.

We can all participate in helping to make our roadways and highways safer for all of us and for our loved ones.  Obey the rules of the road.  Be aware of safety tips that can help minimize the risks we all face on our highways.  Keep your vehicle properly inspected and maintained.

FMCSA wants you to know that large trucks have blind spots around the front, sides and rear of the truck. These areas are called no-zones.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) takes the lead in attempting to educate the public about highway safety in relation to sharing the road with large trucks.  FMCSA is charged to improve truck and bus safety on our nation’s highways.   FMCSA was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999.  Their primary mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.  One of their goals is to reduce commercial motor vehicle crash fatalities on the Nation’s highways to .160 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled by 2011.

FMCSA also operates a “Share the Road Safely” program through their website.  Click HERE to visit them, and help out.  They provide instructive information as well as grassroots programs so we can all spread the word.  We can all help to make our roads safer! 

SAFETY TIPS  

FMCSA wants you to know that large trucks have blind spots around the front, sides and rear of the truck.  These areas are called no-zones.  Don’t “hang out” in these areas when you are driving.  The truck driver will not be able to see you!  Remember, if you can’t see the truck driver in his side-view mirror, he can’t see you.  If the truck driver can’t see you, he may initiate a turn that could cause a serious accident and injury.
Cars are no match for large trucks when it comes to a crash.  According to FMCSA occupants of a car, and usually the driver, sustain 78 percent of fatalities when there is a crash between a large truck and a car.  Please use extra-care when sharing the roads with large trucks.

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