In 2012, there were 3,154 total Louisiana commercial vehicle crashes involving buses and large trucks. Of these crashes, there were 102 fatal crashes and 1,776 injury crashes.. East Baton Rouge Parish had the most bus and truck crashes (255) followed by Orleans (209), Calcasieu (184), Jefferson (183), Lafayette (177) and Caddo (116).
Because of the size of the trucks and busses, these crashes are more likely to result in injury and death as compared to car crashes. Federal and Louisiana regulations govern trucking and cover areas such as hours of the drivers and equipment safety. The trucking companies are required to record and keep this information. Poor equipment and driver fatigue can cause truck and bus crashes, and careful study of the trucking company records may be needed to determine negligence.
Driving Safety Tips
- Be extra alert as you approach a large truck. They behave very differently from cars.
- Avoid blind spots around trucks. If you can’t see a truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you. One-third of all crashes between large trucks and cars take place in the blind spots around a truck.
- Do not pass a truck on the right while the truck is turning right. Trucks must swing wide to the left to negotiate right turns safely, as the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels.
- Do not cut in front of any large vehicle, including a truck or a bus. Since they require much more distance to stop in comparison to cars, forcing a large vehicle to stop quickly can result in a fatal accident.
- Use the proper procedure to pass a large truck or bus on the highway. Accelerate slightly and maintain a consistent speed while passing. Wait until you can see the entire cab in your rear-view mirror before signaling and pulling in front of it.
- Observe a truck’s turn signals before trying to pass it. If the truck appears to be starting a left turn, check which way the driver is signaling before passing the truck on the right.
- Give trucks at least four to six seconds of space in wet conditions and at highway speeds.
- Call authorities if you see unsafe driving.
- Do not cut off a truck in traffic or on the highway to reach your exit or turn.
If you need help or have any question about your Louisiana truck or bus accident, call Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyer Charles Lavis at 866-558-9151 or submit your inquiry online. Please be advised that you may be facing important legal deadlines so don’t delay.