On work sites such as oil fields and mines, and on the road more generally,
trucks are regularly involved in fatal accidents.
The truck's large size, its potential to go out of control, and the
additional dangers from its cargo are all factors contributing to deaths
and serious injuries in accidents. If an accident involves a truck colliding
with a smaller vehicle, the driver and passengers in the smaller vehicle
are more vulnerable to a tragic outcome.
recent report shared by
NBC Montana focuses on under-ride collisions. In this kind of accident, a car collides
with a tractor-trailer and the car's hood slides under the larger
vehicle. This brings the driver of the car and any occupants into an even
closer, more forceful impact with the truck.
The report mentions an estimate that roughly half of all fatalities in
car-truck collisions occur in under-ride accidents.
There's also a potential solution to lowering the rate of fatalities:
the use of side guards on trucks. Side guards may be able to lower the
chances of cars sliding under a truck during a sidelong collision. Tests
are underway to establish what kind of side guard would be most effective
(and at what speeds for a car).
What can we do to prevent trucking accident fatalities?
Side guards for under-ride collisions are a potential solution to a certain
type of accident. Lowering the rate of truck accident fatalities requires
preventative measures on a variety of fronts.
Trucks should be operated cautiously and legally by drivers with the appropriate
licensing. On work sites, drivers should take extra care in areas that
are crowded or on ground that's unstable. The truck's cargo should
always be secured properly. And of course, anyone else (other drivers,
pedestrians and workers) should do their part to keep an eye out for trucks.
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