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Fatigue and truck drivers

It is a known fact that many commercial truckers in Oklahoma drive for extended periods of time including at night or in the wee hours of the morning. While there may be benefits to having these big rigs operating at times when the roads are not as busy as during the day, you may logically wonder if this could contribute to excessive fatigue among truckers. If a driver is tired, regardless of what type of vehicle they are operating, the risk of an accident can increase.

Are truck accidents on the rise?

If you drive on highways in Oklahoma, then you have probably seen large trucks. They are used for many purposes, such as hauling inventory to stores or transporting construction materials. Large trucks pose a risk on roadways to other vehicles because of their size. They require more space and have very large blind spots. You may be curious as to the accident statistics involving these trucks.

What are the requirements to get a CDL?

Driving a large truck is much different than driving a passenger vehicle. Because of this, you cannot use your Oklahoma driver's license to legally drive a truck. You have to get a commercial driver's license. This shows you have the skills and knowledge necessary to safely and properly drive a larger vehicle. You can also get various endorsements that allow you to drive vehicles that transport passengers or carry hazardous materials, for example.

Where are a truck's blind spots?

You share the road every day with large trucks in Oklahoma. Large trucks are often involved in accidents with horrific outcomes. However, many of these accidents are caused by other drivers who do not respect the limitations of the trucks. They do not drive like your vehicle. They are heavier and larger. Due to their size, they are incredibly dangerous because they cannot stop as quickly and they have large blind spots where they cannot see around their vehicle. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration explains that you can be safer around trucks if you just understand the blind spots.

When trucks and passenger cars collide, death is likely

Tulsa truck accidents are often tragic events. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, 66 percent of the 3,986 truck accident fatalities that occurred in 2016 were passenger vehicle and car occupants. Trucks are much larger and heavier than cars and SUVs, and more likely to cause life-threatening injuries and death. Recent studies show that more than 80 percent of collisions that occur between trucks and passenger cars were caused by car drivers, states CCJDigital.com. 

3 tips on sharing the road with commercial vehicles

When it comes to Tulsa truck accidents, motorists are usually quick to place the blame on truckers. However, in most commercial vehicle collisions, research shows truckers are not the culprits. According to CNBC.com, passenger vehicle drivers are responsible for 30 percent of truck crashes that occur on the roads. 

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