Driving a commercial truck can be a dangerous job. According to Zonar, producer of fleet management technology, there are certain roads truck drivers should consider avoiding this time of year, as they are known to have the highest rate of accidents.
Zonar reports that there are 36 percent more vehicles on the roads during the holiday season, 23 percent of which are passenger cars, 10 percent are delivery fleets, and three percent are buses and other transportation vehicles. In addition to the increased traffic, other potential hazards include decreased daylight and the threat of inclement weather, including snow, sleet, and freezing rain. If truck drivers are aware of these hazards, they can take the steps needed to avoid accidents by adjusting their routes, changing their driving times and loads, and increasing inspections and checkpoints. This can help keep truck drivers and other motorists safe.
Dangerous Roads and Truck Accidents
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), the following are the 10 most dangerous roads for truck drivers. Data shows they had the highest accident volume between 2013 and 2016:
I-70 in Maryland
I-10 in Alabama
I-95 in Florida
HWY-75 in Idaho
I-40 in Arkansas
US-1 in Florida
M-20 in Michigan
I-80 in Nebraska
HWY-5 in Colorado
SC-35 in South Carolina
The Vice President of Business Solutions at Zonar stated that there are roughly 3.5 million truck drivers on highways and interstates daily. At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, our hope is that providing people with information about potentially dangerous routes can help them avoid these roads, and use extra caution when driving through these areas.
In addition to the list of dangerous highways, the DOT data provided additional information about truck accidents:
Over half of all trucks involved in traffic accidents had at least one vehicle defect
Nearly one third of these wrecks were caused by equipment failure, including brakes, tires, lights, transmission, or vehicle overload
Poor weather conditions caused 14.7 percent of accidents, with rain being the most common cause, followed by fog and snow
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