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AAA Study Finds Driver Error Causes a Majority of Crashes Between Cars and Heavy-Duty Trucks

July 30, 2002

More than half of all fatal crashes involving a car and a heavy-duty truck are caused by driver error, and most of those are by drivers of the cars, according to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. More than 5,000 people are killed and 140,000 injured each year in crashes involving a car and a heavy truck, AAA said. The AAA study found that occupants of cars account for 98 percent of all fatalities in truck-car crashes. To prevent these car-truck crashes, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety offered the following list of suggestions: - Never change lanes abruptly around a truck. - Slow down to let trucks have the right of way. - Drive at a safe speed. - Stay alert to traffic signals and road conditions. - Use turn signals. - Avoid driving alongside or immediately behind a truck. - Never cut in front of a truck, especially when it may need to stop. In conjunction with the release of the study, AAA is re-launching its "Share with Care" program, which is aimed at giving motorists and truck drivers practical advice about avoiding crashes.
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