Few things make nearly every driver as nervous as driving next to a tractor trailer truck. Even the most experienced of drivers can be no match for the unpredictable movements of the huge trailers, and the fear of being hidden in one of the many, large blind spots is real. When an accident involves a car and a tractor trailer, the results can often times be deadly.
Some safety measures have been enforced by the US and Canada, requiring that trailers have guards underneath them that would protect the driver in the case of a car rear-ending a truck. Crash tests have shown though, that when these guards fail, the head and neck injuries would be fatal to an actual driver.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been requesting tightened safety regulations for several years, and some modifications to trailers have been made that has resulted in some improvements in safety.
Sean McNally, the spokesman for The American Trucking Associations commented on the importance of driver awareness when driving near trucks. Three-fourths of the car-truck fatalities are “unintentionally initiated or caused by the driver of the car,” he said. The real way for drivers to protect themselves is to be aware of when a truck is near by, and to maintain their distance as driving around them and attempting to pass them. Also remembering that trailers create a large blind spot for the drivers, and weather can affect how the truck handles for the driver.
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