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Most Common Truck Accidents and How to Avoid Them

BS BRYANT SURETY BONDS, IN C. Helping freight brokers get bonded nationwide MOST COMMON TRUCK ACCIDENTS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM TRUCK-RELATED CRASHES ARE A BIG ISSUE IN AMERICA 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the United States. 1 in every 8 traffic fatalities involves a collision with a truck. Roughly 130,000 people are injured in truck accidents each year. II iii 362 pedestrians are killed each year in accidents involving trucks 87 cyclists are killed each year in accidents involving trucks. 24 Motor vehicle accidents society By 2025, the total costs of motor an estimated $4,900 per second. That's about $30,000 in the time it took you to read this fact. vehicle accidents in the United States alone will exceed 450 billion MAIN REASONS FOR TRUCK ACCIDENTS IN AMERICA 10X TUE DANGER According to the U. S. Department of Transportation's Large Truck Crash Causation Study, drivers of both trucks and other vehicles are 10 times more likely to be the cause of an accident than other factors such as vehicle performance, road conditions, and weather. Z Driver fatigue is the cause of 30% of all commercial truck accidents. Z About 55% of semi driver fatalities occur in rollover accidents. Another 10% occur in fuel oil fires. Driver inattention - 9% Driver unfamiliarity with the road - 20% Driving too fast for bad weather conditions - 23% Roadway problems - 20% Illegal driving maneuvers -9% Inadequate surveillance - 19% Work pressure from carrier - 10% DROWSY DRIVER AND TRUCK CRASHES STATISTICS 84% of fatal truck crashes occur in normal weather conditions. 65% of crashes occur on long haul trips - over 51 miles from base. Truck drivers aged 16-24 tend to fall asleep behind the wheel more often, due to a more sleep-deprived way of life. 1 in 4 truckers said they have fallen asleep while driving. 20 HOURS of staying awake can make you fall into microsleep 3-4 times without realizing it. This also results in an concentration impairment equal to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%. TIPS TO INCREASE DRIVER SAFETY QUICK TIPS Pay attention to driving conditions - 25% increase in safety. Do not rely on alertness enhancing drugs! Studies show pills are not always effective. If you look down the road for 15 seconds, you are 30% less likely to crash/have an accident. Check mirrors every 5-8 seconds - Switch to batteries and the risk of 35% increase in safety. diesel fuel fires minimizes by 30%. 100 Following the speed limit increases safety by 41%. 20 120 MPH Collision warning systems (CWS) are a relatively new technology, which reduces the chances of rear-end and side impact collisions. One study compared available police-reported crash experiences of 6,143 CWS-equipped heavy trucks with the experiences of 383,058 heavy trucks without CWS. Results suggest that CWS-equipped trucks had a significantly lower proportion of crashes. PRO TIPS Refrain from text and using hand-held phones to decrease the chance of a safety-critical event by 23.2%. Texting drivers took their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, this equates to a driver traveling 371 feet, or the approximate length of a football field (including the end zones)-without looking at the roadway! According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the demographics of a truck driver are not determinants for their safety behavior. However, according to the same study women are more likely to wear a seat belt while driving. Buckle up! EFFECTS OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS FMCSA The compliance review (CR) is a federal program monitoring motor carrier safety performance and regulatory compliance. Companies that received CRs had a lower crash rate than never-reviewed companies. Reviewed companies experienced a 39% to 15% reduction in number of crashes in the year the CR was performed. The reduction was sustained for at least 7 years. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sponsored a study on primary and secondary seat belt laws in different states. The study found that if all states moved towards a primary enforcement policy, national rates of seat belt use use would increase from 9% to 77% and 500 lives would be saved annually. IT IS THIS MANY Bryant Surety Bonds is the one stop shop for getting freight brokers bonded. Armed with powerful industry contacts, proven expertise and top service to guarantee a hassle-free experience, Bryant Surety Bonds is the helping professional every business needs. BS BRYANT SURETY BONDS, INC. Helping freight brokers get bonded nationwide Information credits: BY NC ND This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License C)

Most Common Truck Accidents and How to Avoid Them

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The infographic can help you learn some efficient tips on how to minimize crashes. For example, just by spending 15 seconds to look down the road, you”ll be 30% less likely to cause or be in an ac...


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