Thursday is the most dangerous day for new and seasoned truck drivers. Truck accidents are statistically more likely to happen on “Fatal Thursdays” than any other day of the week. Understanding why Thursdays are so dangerous for trucks may help to prevent many of these tragic accidents.
Truck Accidents and Fatal Thursday
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety studied truck accident data from 2011- 2015 stored in the Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System. In every year except 2011, most large truck accidents happened on Thursdays, between 6p.m. and 3a.m. The fewest large truck accidents happened on the weekends.
Commercial truck drivers are less likely to drive on Saturdays and Sundays. Trucking experts believe accidents increase on Thursdays because it is essentially the end of most drivers’ work weeks and they are especially fatigued. Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of truck and car accidents. Fatigued drivers are unable to respond quickly to hazards and risk falling asleep behind the wheel. Drowsy drivers are as dangerous as drunk drivers.
Keeping Truck Drivers Safe
Accidents involving 18-wheelers are more likely to be fatal. The force and weight of commercial trucks simply makes them more dangerous in an accident with pedestrians or other vehicles. Large trucks require more time and distance to maneuver and stop. Preventing truck accidents inevitably saves lives.
Truck drivers keep themselves and other travelers safe when they:
- Fight fatigue: Drivers need to heed the signs that it is time to pull over. Truck drivers often forgo sleep to meet delivery times. Trucking companies should protect drivers by allowing sufficient time for rest.
- Maintain their rig: Trucks are enormous machines with many moving parts that can break or wear out. Keeping up with regular maintenance helps to prevent crashes caused by mechanical errors.
- Map out a safe route: Truckers who plan ahead and know their exits, landmarks, and delivery sites well do not have to rush and can maintain a safe driving speed throughout their trip. Avoiding roads and highways that are known to be dangerous or difficult for trucks to travel also prevents accidents.
- Depend on other drivers: Other drivers have a huge role in reducing commercial truck accidents. Drivers in passenger vehicles need to give truck drivers their space. Other drivers should avoid trucker blind spots and refrain from cutting them off. Even the most diligent tractor-trailer driver is powerless to avoid a collision with a car that stops short in front of them.
Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyers McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Injured Truck Drivers
Though fatal accidents involving truck drivers have declined over the past few years, driving a commercial truck is still the most dangerous job in America. Fatigue and deadlines combined with other careless drivers make for a dangerous combination. Philadelphia truck accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC fight for victims of all types of truck accidents and hold the negligent individuals or companies responsible.
Schedule a no-obligation consultation with a Philadelphia truck accident lawyer today by calling 215-569-8488. You can also contact us online. Our offices are located in Center City, Philadelphia, Media, and Abington, Pennsylvania, Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Wilmington, Delaware.