Several drivers education teachers from a city high school recently became the first to participate in a new federal safety program aimed at minimizing truck accidents. According to Arizona Central News the purpose of the program is to educate instructors who will in turn better explain to their students the unique safety concerns involved with sharing the road with semis. The program is better known as a “Train the Teacher” session.
Specifically, a major focus of the program was to emphasize the prevalence of blind spots and the differences between braking in a truck and a regular vehicle.
Truckers often attempt to calculate their maneuvers like lane changes and entering/exiting highways in advance. When cars make speed changes and lane changes, truckers often make mistakes and fail to account for the changes. One recent study explains that 65% of crashes between cars and trucks take place at those “contact” points-when cars are changing lanes and entering/exiting the freeway.
It is important for both car and truck drivers to better understand these different dynamics. When these two vehicles collide, serious injury and death is all too common. Depending on the circumstances both the cars and truck drivers are occasionally at fault.
Our Chicago truck crash attorneys at Levin & Perconti have been involved in many actions related to truck crashes. The experience has made clear the need for mutual education for both truckers and car drivers. Only a split second mistake can lead to a deadly collision with consequence that can never be undone.
If you or someone you know has fallen victim in one of these incidents please contact our truck accident attorneys today.
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