For some people in Mississippi, being in a motor vehicle accident with a truck may cause more complications than being in one with a car. One reason is because the size of a semi-truck can mean an accident causes more damage. This size also means that if the vehicles remain on the highway after an accident, they might be more likely to cause additional accidents.
Mississippi residents, including truck, bus and other commercial vehicle drivers, should be careful how they drive, especially during the week of July 14 to 20. The reason is that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding its annual Operation Safe Driver Week at that time. This is a period of increased enforcement of traffic laws.
Mississippi residents know how dangerous it can be to drive around large trucks. From 2009 to 2017, there was a 28 percent increase in the number of large truck crash fatalities. Of the 4,102 victims in 2017, 68 percent were occupants of cars, and 14 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. Rear-end accidents are especially common; incidentally, they are the most devastating but also the most easily avoided with the right technology.
It is important for both truck and passenger car drivers to protect their safety while on Mississippi roads. An accident that occurred on Interstate 75 in Florida was caused by a commercial truck driver colliding with a Honda. This was according to the Florida Highway Patrol, and there was no reason given as to why the driver left his lane. After colliding with the Honda, the commercial truck crashed through a median.
There are several ways that a Mississippi truck accident differs from a car collision. Starting with the most obvious, truck accidents tend to result in more severe property damage and physical injuries. The weight of a commercial truck being so great, the force of its impact will often leave a passenger vehicle beyond repair.
Mississippi citizens benefit from the services provided by the nation's truckers. Literally running 24/7 to deliver products across the country, truck drivers and the trucking industry form an important part of the American economy. Like any business, however, there are challenges to maintain performance standards while attempting to expand market share and increase profitability. One such challenge for the industry is truck driver safety. Not only is this relevant to a business' bottom line, but it also impacts motorists who share the roads.
In recent years, there have been several efforts made to use technology and increased awareness of driver fatigue to reduce truck-related accidents in Mississippi and throughout the rest of U.S. Truck drivers are also now required to electronically log their hours. However, accidents involving dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks are still on the rise. The number of dump truck accidents involving serious accidents spiked nearly 3 percent, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA).
Drivers and other professionals working within the trucking industry in Mississippi have increasing access to trucks equipped with safety technology. Systems installed that monitor truck and driver performance and analyze the data have shown a promising ability to reduce crash rates for trucking companies. A representative from a trucking company that had deployed a video monitoring system reported a significant decrease in accidents or near accidents as well as a rise in safety scores.
According to federal data, there were 4,300 people killed in collisions with tractor-trailers and other large trucks in 2016. This was a 28 percent increase from the fatality rate in 2009. Using these findings, which have gained the attention of several members of Congress, safety advocates are pushing for crash avoidance technology on all commercial trucks. Truck fleet owners in Mississippi and across the U.S. should take note.
Mississippi drivers might be justifiably concerned with the findings from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's 2018 blitz of commercial vehicle inspections across the United States and North America. According to numbers recently released, over 21 percent of commercial vehicles subjected to Level I inspections were taken out of service for major safety violations.