Now that summer is here, Missouri vacationers will hit the highways for fun and relaxing getaways. Unfortunately, as more cars share the road with big rigs, Missouri’s fatal trucking accidents will probably increase over the next few months.
The summer months are usually the most dangerous for Missouri drivers. According to information provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 2014 – the most recent reporting year – the number of fatal vehicle accidents in June, July and August were higher than every other month except for November. From 2010 through 2014, the average number of fatal traffic accidents in these three summer months exceeded the monthly average of each year.
7 out of 10 Deaths in Trucking Accidents are Passengers in Other Vehicles
More vehicles on the road can lead to more accidents. And when commercial trucks are involved, other drivers typically suffer the most. Nationally in 2014, almost seven out of every 10 people who were killed in crashes involving large trucks, like tractor-trailers, were occupants of other vehicles.
It’s not hard to identify why this is so. Commercial trucks are bigger and heavier than passenger cars. When truck drivers make mistakes behind the wheel, they can kill innocent people.
Among the leading causes of fatal trucking accidents is driver error. This includes truckers who speed, are too tired to drive safely, who swerve out of their lanes, who illegally use hand-held cell phones while driving, or who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Truck drivers are supposed to be trained to safely handle their rigs, but they do face special driving challenges. Commercial truck drivers have dangerous blind spots that other drivers should be mindful of. These blind spots are typically referred to as “no zones” for passenger cars.
Avoid Trucker Blind Spots
These no zones include front, back and the sides of tractor trailers. Cars should leave plenty of room when following truckers, as they can’t see what’s directly behind them. Trucks have significant blind spots on the sides as well, so these too are no zones to avoid. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t see the truck driver’s face in his side view mirror, he can’t see you.
Drivers should use plenty of caution this summer when sharing the road with semis. But this does not excuse truck drivers who act negligently and make bad decisions that lead to catastrophic trucking accidents in Missouri.
If you had a loved one killed or you were seriously injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck, an experienced trucking accident attorney can pursue justice on your behalf from all those responsible.
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