Encountering large trucks on the roads in the Philadelphia area is a daily occurrence for motorists and commuters alike. Unfortunately, crashes with these large commercial vehicles also commonly occur, which can result in serious injuries and fatalities, due to the large size and weight of the vehicles involved. According to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were over 77,000 large trucks involved in collisions causing injury and more than 3,800 collisions causing death during 2012 alone. Fortunately, if motorists take certain precautions, the threat of a collision with a large truck can be minimized.
Stay free of distractions
One of the most effective ways that motorists can avoid being involved in a truck accident is to avoid distractions while driving. This can be done by refraining from sending or reading text messages, using cellphones, and talking with others in the vehicle while driving. By keeping their eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel, motorists can be as ready as possible to react to anything unexpected on the road ahead.