Last year, 395 people lost their lives as the result of traffic crashes in Minnesota. Fifty-six of the 395 deaths were the result of crashes involving commercial trucks. There were 3,789 total crashes last year involving commercial trucks, resulting in 1,178 injuries. “Crashes involving commercial and passenger vehicles often have a life-changing effect on everyone involved,” says Capt. Matt Sokol, State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section. “We ask commercial drivers and the motoring public to protect yourself and those around you by sharing the road and avoiding distracted driving.”
Motorist Tips When Driving Near a Big Truck:
- Stay out of the No-Zone—No-Zones are blind spots where a car disappears from the view of the truck driver.
- Stay visible—Large trucks need a much longer braking distance than a car. Don’t cut into a truck’s space; if this happens, it reduces a truck’s much needed breaking distance and restricts evasive action.
- Don’t tailgate a truck—The farther you are away from a truck, the less likely you will be involved in a collision.
- Don’t speed—Obey all speed limits.
- Allow plenty of room—Large trucks are almost as wide as your lane of travel. Pacing too close behind one prevents you from reacting to changing traffic conditions and patterns.
- Buckle up—Wearing your seat belt is the single most important thing you can do to save your life in a crash.