There’s a common misconception that because truckers’ vehicles are so large, they think they can do whatever they want. On the contrary, any good driver knows that the heavier the load, the more careful they have to be. In fact, if you ask most drivers, they’ll tell you that accidents involving a car and truck are most often the car’s fault. Well, now people won’t have to just take your word for it, turns out it’s just been proven to be unequivocally true.
According to a new study published by the American Trucking Association, car drivers were assigned as factors in 81% of crashes involving both a car and a truck while truckers were assigned fault only 27% of the time. The totals add up to more than 100% because in about 10 percent of crashes, blame was assigned to both the car and truck. Even so, that means that a car’s driver is three times more likely to be a contributing factor to a crash than a trucker.
The study was conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and used a sample size of 8,309 car/truck crashes.
Truckers came out on top in almost every single type of accident including same and opposite-direction sideswipes, head-on collisions, and rear-end crashes. The only collisions where truckers were more often found at fault were backing accidents, and they accounted for less than 1% of the crashes used in the sample.
Driver safety may still have a ways yet to go, but when you hold up truckers next to 4-wheelers, I’d say they call us professional drivers for a reason.