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