Sharing the road with semitrucks means that every driver has to pay close attention to what they’re doing. These trucks are much larger and heavier than normal passenger vehicles, so the truckers who operate them must ensure that they’re always putting safety first.
A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that early estimates for 2020 indicate that there were fewer miles driven in the year. Sadly, it also indicates that there’s an increase in fatalities. The report also shows that fatalities from semitruck crashes were down for the year.
All drivers must be safe
Safety is the responsibility of everyone on the road. No driver should be distracted, fatigued or impaired. Remember that semitrucks need extra room to maneuver, which means you have to give them a bit more distance between them and your vehicle. Cutting in front of a semitruck could lead to being rear-ended. Of course, the trucker has to take steps to reduce the risk of being involved in a crash.
Drivers also need to be sure they’re mitigating the risks when they drive. The report from the NHTSA reveals that fatalities increased in several situations. These include:
- Speed-related crashes
- Nighttime crashes
- Weekend crashes
- Drivers from 16 to 44
- Failure to wear a seatbelt
- Vehicles more than 10 years old
Anyone who’s struck by a semitruck should ensure they get the medical care they need. Once this is done, they can review their options for seeking compensation. A claim, which is based on showing that the liable party was negligent, can help you to recover the cost of medical care and other expenses directly related to the wreck.