What are the riskiest behaviors and days for truck accidents?

Every time we get in our cars or trucks, there is some risk of getting into an accident. However, there are certain behaviors and time periods that can increase this risk.

A recent report from Lytx reveals some of the factors that can result in a high risk of collisions involving trucks. Knowing what these are can help all drivers stay alert and make any necessary changes to their own behaviors to prevent crashes.

Dangerous days and times

The data shows that early Wednesday mornings see the most collisions involving North American truck drivers. And the hours between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. are statistically the most dangerous, as that period is when the highest number of crashes occur. Mondays are safest, as fewer accidents occur on that day.

Dangerous behaviors

The data also revealed that certain behaviors were more likely to predict the occurrence of a collision. Reports show that a trucker is more likely to get into an accident -- or another accident -- in the next 90 days if he or she:

  • Gets into one accident
  • Drives while drowsy
  • Does not wear his or her seatbelt
  • Experiences a late response
  • Did not leave enough space between other vehicles
  • Had a near collision
  • Drives aggressively
  • Falls asleep behind the wheel

These behaviors correlate to a higher risk of collision because they can be an indication that a trucker is impaired, reckless or otherwise unsafe while driving.

What we can learn from this data

When people are aware of the times that accidents may be more likely to occur and the behaviors that can predict a collision, it is easier to take steps to avoid an accident. Parties can stay off the road during peak accident times or be especially cautious; they can correct behaviors that put them at higher risk of an accident before one occurs.

Data like this shows that there are means of identifying risky conditions in an effort to at least minimize the risk of a serious truck or car accident. Every person would be wise to heed this information to improve their safety and well-being on the road.

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