The fact that there is a strong relationship between a commercial truck driver’s poor driving and his chances of being in a future crash was itemized by a two year study conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute in Virginia.
ATRI examined different things that a poor driver does that greatly increase his chances of crashing into my client’s vehicles (like the one above).
What do you think that drivers’ #1 bad habit was? The failure to use a turn signal. This doubles the chances of another collision. Considering the wide turns that tractor-trailers have to make and size of the vehicles, it is shocking that the truck driver cannot engage his turn switch to alert other drivers of his intention.
I thought that that the worst driver behavior leading to crashes would have been tailgating or speeding.
Here are 11 more safety violations that predict future wrecks:
Past truck accidents (88 percent)
Improper passing violation (88 percent)
Improper turn conviction (84 percent)
Improper or erratic lane change (80 percent)
Improper lane/location (68 percent)
Failure to obey traffic sign (68 percent)
Speeding more than 15 mpg over speed limit (67 percent)
Any safety conviction (65 percent)
Reckless/careless/inattentive/negligent driving (64 percent)
Please contact my law firm if you have been involved in a collision with an 18 wheeler. I have handled these cases for many years and will fight to get you the money you deserve.