Sharing the Road with Semi-Trucks
This week Etler-Kettenacker’s page is dedicated to sharing the toad with semi-trucks. To check out things to consider when sharing the road with tractor trailers and learning why truck drivers perform the maneuvers they do, check out http://www.ekagency.com/sharing_the_road/with_semi_trucks.aspx.
This blog is a brief overview of semi-truck and passenger vehicle accident statistics to demonstrate why sharing the road with semi-trucks and reviewing our page is important for our client’s and friend’s safe travels. As of 2009, the last statistical report published in February, 2014 by the ATA (American Trucking Association), 71% of passenger vehicles are at-fault for semi-truck versus passenger vehicle accidents while 16% of truck drivers are at-fault. Among two-vehicle car-truck crashes, the car was the encroaching vehicle in 89% of head-on crashes, 88% of the opposite-direction sideswipes, 80% of the rear-end crashes, and 72% of the same-direction sideswipes. These statistics where only applied to semi versus passenger vehicle fatalities. The majority of fatal and serious injury crashes involving a truck statistically prove that it also involves at least one car. The preponderance of evidence from several studies collected by ATA demonstrates that car drivers are principally at-fault in about three-quarters (70-75%) of fatal passenger vehicle versus truck crashes.
Etler-Kettenacker Agency hopes you take a moment and look at our page on sharing the road with semi-trucks. If offers a few examples on why tractor trailer drivers operate their trucks the way they do and what you can do to be a safe and courteous driver when sharing the road with all drivers. If you have additional questions please contact EK Agency.