Truck accidents can be especially devastating. Commercial vehicles, which could weigh up to 30 times more than a passenger car, often create a significant amount of property damage in a collision and claims far more lives than a crash between cars.
In newer-model cars, rearview or backup cameras are now included among the standard safety features. However, adoption for commercial vehicles, including trucks and buses, has been somewhat slower in the United States. In Europe, the Council of the European Union announced last year that advanced safety features will be required of all trucks, buses and cars for personal and commercial purposes by 2022.
As a driver in New England, you know how the roads can get in winter: Slick and slippery until they are plowed after a snowstorm. For commercial truck drivers, the dangers of driving on ice and snow are multiplied. Although these drivers have an advanced skill set in terms of vehicle maneuverability and skid control, they also have to factor in the behavior of the other drivers around them, which can make winter travel more challenging.
After you get into an accident with another motorist, you may have an idea of what happened and the next steps you’ll need to take. Yet, when the vehicle that hits you is a semi-tractor trailer, the situation can suddenly become more complex.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, about 12 percent of fatal accidents in 2015 involved at least one large truck. In addition to these 3,838 deaths, there were 476,000 non-fatal accidents involving a sizable vehicle. Looking at Connecticut roadways specifically, 40 people died in commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accidents. CMVs are vehicles over 10,000 pounds used for interstate transportation of goods.