On most roads in the area you’re sure to see some big trucks. Commercials trucks log some long hours getting cargo to and from destinations.
New government statistics show these accidents are on the rise. Not only are large trucks and other commercial vehicles involved in an increasing number of accidents, but these trucking accidents in Greensboro and elsewhere oftentimes produce deadly results.
As a matter of fact, there were nearly 4,000 people who were killed in auto accident involving a large truck in 2010. That’s according to the most recent statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to these fatalities, there were another 80,000 people injured in these types of accidents. It’s the ones who are in passenger vehicles that are most at risk in these scenarios, too!
Our Greensboro trucking accident attorneys understand that the volume of traffic on our roadways has seen a steep increase in recent weeks. We’re heading into the heart of the summer travel season and more and more motorists are hitting the road. And an increasing number of trucks are on the road, moving goods to their destination. Motorists are warned to be safe when traveling among these vehicles. Keep safety as a top priority and be on your best driving behavior around these trucks to help to avoid a potentially fatal accident.
There were nearly 300,000 trucks that were involved in traffic accidents in 2010. That illustrates a near 10 percent increase from the previous year. Most of the people, or about 75 percent, who die in these kinds of accidents are the occupants of other vehicles, like the ones that you and I drive. Passenger vehicles are simply overpowered by the size, the weight and the power of large commercial vehicles. Passengers in these vehicles are virtually defenseless in a collision with a commercial vehicle.
As we said before, there were nearly 4,000 people killed in these accidents in 2010. Of the ones who died, only about 530 were the occupants of the trucks. Nearly 3,000 were the occupants of the other vehicles that were involved in the accident.
In the state of North Carolina, there were more than 100 large trucks involved in fatal accidents.
When and where are these accidents most likely to occur?
-Nearly 70 percent of these accidents happen in rural areas.
-Close to 80 percent happen during the weekdays.
-More than 65 percent happen during the daytime hours.
Drivers of all kinds are asked to be cautious of one another. Roadway safety is a group effort. Work to be a cautious and courteous driver to help to reduce the risks of a fatal accident. Allow large trucks plenty of room and treat them as the dangerous vehicles that they are. Keep safety as a number one priority!
The Carolina trucking accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. represent the victims of truck accidents in the Carolinas. Call us today to schedule a free and confidential appointment if you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an accident in Greensboro or elsewhere. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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Road Closed after Spartanburg Trucking Accident, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 5, 2012
Trucking Accident near Asheville Seriously Threatens Those Nearby, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, April 18, 2012