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How common are accidents involving large trucks?

Accidents involving large trucks and passenger vehicles happen regularly on California roadways. When such accidents occur, they are usually worse on the smaller vehicle and its occupants. While you have no choice but to share the road with larger vehicles, it can help to gain an understanding about the type of accidents that happen and how often they occur.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, deaths caused by large truck accidents are lower now than they were at the beginning of the century. In 2016, only 11 percent of all deaths in motor vehicle accidents in the country were from an accident involving a large truck. Most of those large trucks were tractor trailers.

The times between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm were when the most accidents of this type occurred. Most accidents were also during the week with Saturday and Sunday being the least likely days for an incident to occur.

Furthermore, more individuals who were in a fatal truck accident were wearing a seatbelt than those who were not. Blood alcohol content rarely played a role in such crashes either.

One death is one too many since most of these accidents are preventable. Learning how to share the road and being more aware of the vehicles and traffic patterns can be lifesaving. The main thing to keep in mind about these crashes is that you are the one more likely to die because you are in the more vulnerable vehicle. Truck drivers usually are safe in a multi-vehicle crash because they have size on their side.

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