Motor vehicle accidents usually result from a few mistakes, not just a single error. They're complex events. For example, a semitruck might swerve to avoid an animal entering into the road. That might make the vehicle next to them rush into another lane, where their vehicle is hit in the rear. The semi may not be able to regain control because of wind conditions, which then leads to a crash with multiple vehicles.
Weather conditions, drivers' reactions and other external causes can all lead to crashes. Internal problems can cause collisions, too, like being overworked or too tired to drive safely.
What are some of the main causes of motor vehicle collisions?
Some of the primary causes include:
- Drinking alcohol
For truck drivers, some additional causes of collisions include:
- Trying to multitask
What can be done to make driving alongside large trucks safer?
Driving alongside commercial vehicles, like 18-wheelers and semis, is scary for many drivers. They're acutely aware that their vehicles are much smaller, so if there is an accident, they could be badly hurt or killed.
Did you know that approximately 31% of all fatal crashes in work zones involve at least one large vehicle? Since that's the case, one thing you can do to make things safer is to make sure you're slowing down, paying attention and giving large trucks room in work zones. These areas are often tight, and there are many hazards. If the truck needs to maneuver, your vehicle will be in the way if you're riding alongside it.
Another thing you can do is to make sure you're slowing down over time if a truck is behind you. The driver will need more time to slow their vehicle than you need for your own, so make sure you're giving them plenty of notice that you plan to stop.
Truck drivers and passenger vehicle drivers should both get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel. If you're fatigued, sick or are taking new medications that make you drowsy, it's a good idea to stay off the road. Call a cab, get a ride share or have someone else take over.
These are a few things that you should know about traffic safety alongside large vehicles. If you are involved in a collision with a large truck, make sure you keep documents related to the crash for your attorney, so you can file a claim.