Every day you and other passenger vehicles share the road with large trucks in Illinois. As long as everyone is following the law and paying attention, things generally proceed without incident. However, all it takes is one error and an accident can occur. The reality, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is out of every 10 accidents that occur in the country, one of them will involve a large truck. An even scarier fact is that in such an accident, it is most likely to be you, the occupant of the passenger vehicle, who is injured.
In 2015, there were almost 3,900 people who died as a result of an accident involving a large truck. Of those people, 84 percent were not truck occupants. Most of these crashes involved a semi-truck with only 25 percent being another type of large truck.
However, on the upside, the numbers for such accident deaths account for only 11 percent of all deaths that occurred on roadways in 2015. Even better is that many of these accidents are preventable. You simply need to learn to share the road with big trucks. They need more space to maneuver. They have limited sight around, in front and behind their vehicles. They also need more time to come to a stop. Truck drivers also need to follow the law. They should only drive the allowed number of hours each day and ensure their trucks are well maintained. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.