The Department of Transportation is joining hands with a trucking safety group to aimed at educating teens about driving safely around tractor trailers.
Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari recently teamed up with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to help launch a new curriculum that aims at educating teenagers about driving safely around these huge 18-wheelers. The program, Teens and Trucks – Curbing Distracted Driving consists of an educational curriculum targeting teenagers, and has been developed using funding by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The aim is to modify teen driving behavior so that they can avoid risks involving commercial vehicles.
Every year across the United States, more than 4,000 people are killed in accidents involving commercial trucks and buses. More than 100,000 people are believed to be injured in these accidents. According to the Department of Transportation, most of these accidents are preventable.
Recent statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that texting while driving and using cell phones for conversations while driving is widespread among college and high school students. In study by the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, as many as 43% of high school juniors and 58% of high school seniors admitted to texting or emailing at least once while driving in the previous month.
It is these kinds of behaviors that severely distract teens, leading to a lack of focus while driving. The program, Teens and Trucks is targeting this behavior with the hopes of eliminating the habit completely. Distracted driving is a huge problem among the teen population, and such distractions can be deadly, particularly when the teenager is sharing the road with a tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler.
Teenage drivers are overrepresented in auto accidents across the United States, and according to statistics, more than 9 million of American drivers on US roads this summer will be teenage drivers. Many teenagers are likely to be out driving with their friends over the summer, sharing the roads with large commercial vehicles that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Any accident with an 18-wheeler can only end in serious injuries or fatalities for the teenage driver who is driving a passenger car.
Driving around a tractor-trailer requires specific skills and better judgment. Teenagers must avoid racing a tractor-trailer or trying to drive in the tractor-trailer driver’s blind spots. The safest practices are to avoid aggressive driving, maintain distance between your vehicle and the commercial truck in front of you, and make sure that you’re in the driver’s field of visibility at all times.
The Indiana trucking accident attorneys at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson Kennedy LLP represent persons injured in trucking accidents across Indiana.