Winter Months Most Dangerous for Truck Crashes
Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents on the road. While the driver of a big rig is often protected from the effects of an accident, the typical 3,000-pound passenger vehicle is no match for an 18-wheeler weighing 80,000 pounds and traveling at highway speeds.
Accidents involving big trucks are much more likely than other accidents to prove fatal. When they prove fatal, the driver of the truck is only very rarely the party killed. Truck crashes become more common during the winter months, and this article will give you a little more information about these facts.
Increase in Dangerous Truck Crashes During Winter
Over the last few years, the number of truck crashes in Indiana has generally peaked around the month of January, although the whole period from October to March has more truck crashes than the rest of the year. In 2014, for example, the Indiana State Police Automated Reporting Information Exchange System (ARIES) found that May was the safest month, with 1,109 truck crashes in May 2014. January was the most dangerous month, with 2,386 truck crashes in January 2014.
However, the last several years have seen an overall increase in truck crashes. In 2012, for example, Indiana saw a total of 13,107 truck crashes for the entire year. For 2016 (the last year on record), that total had reached as high as 16,550 truck crashes. The exact reasons for this long-term increase are unknown.
Causes of Truck Accidents During Winter
The reasons for the increase in truck accidents during the winter months is largely unknown, although weather conditions are likely to be a major factor, directly or indirectly. Directly, icy roads can make it harder for drivers to direct and control their vehicles. Indirectly, cold weather conditions can reduce the efficiency and responsiveness of road maintenance and other organizations responsible for the state of the roads.
Ultimately, the best defense against truck accidents is safe driving. Following the rules of the road and taking special care to give space to large vehicles are often the best methods we have for keeping safe.
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