Truck Accidents Most Common and Dangerous in Rural Areas
America’s rural heartland has long been the backbone for cultural and social legends. Producing Daniel Boone, the American flag, and patriotic spirit by the truckload. Rural areas are also home to the majority of big rig crashes and truck accidents.
With less than 17 percent of the population living in rural areas, rural roads are among the most disproportionately dangerous places for motorists to encounter big rig trucks, according to a recent report by a national non-profit transportation research group.
According to the report, only 25 percent of all vehicle miles traveled in the United States are on rural roads, but more than 51 percent of the nation’s 2009 truck-related deaths occurred on rural roads.
Despite safety measures and attempts at stricter rural regulations that would make rural roads safer, 68 percent of all truck accidents take place in rural areas. Contributing to the danger of big rig accidents on rural roads are:
- inadequate roadway design.
- longer emergency vehicle response time.
- trucks traveling at higher speeds.
To help protect yourself and your passengers from a truck accident in a rural area:
- Check your vehicle regularly and ensure everything is running properly.
- Always leave extra space between yourself and a large truck.
- Be visible and give plenty of warning when changing lanes or stopping.
- Be conscious of a truck’s blind spots.
- Avoid a truck that is speeding in case the truck driver loses control.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler, semi, or tractor-trailer while driving on a rural road, contact a truck accident attorney at Garcia & Artigliere.