You love living in the country. After all, life away from the grind of the big city is both calm and enjoyable. While you likely do not have to worry about many of the hazards that accompany big-city living, you may face some risks that city dwellers often avoid. An accident with a semi-truck is one such risk.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the five-year average for large truck collisions is roughly 6,700 per year. That number is alarmingly high, especially when you consider the injuries and fatalities a semi-truck collision can cause. By understanding why 18-wheeler accidents tend to occur in rural areas, you can plan for staying safe on the road. Here are four common reasons for semi-truck accidents:
1. Traffic rules
Semitrucks are considerably larger than passenger trucks, cars and SUVs. As such, they usually cannot stop quickly. When motorists fail to comply with basic traffic rules, they often encourage 18-wheeler accidents. While creeping through a rural stop sign or decelerating quickly to make a turn may seem harmless, violating traffic rules can be disastrous.
To stay safe on Wisconsin’s roadways, both you and 18-wheeler drivers must pay attention. Unfortunately, distracted driving is common in the Badger State. Even worse, in rural areas, drivers may not realize the importance of maintaining focus. By committing to staying engaged behind the wheel, you can likely decrease your chances of a semi-truck accident.
3. Uneven roadways
Interstate highways and major roadways usually have smooth and even surfaces. That is not necessarily the case with rural roads. In fact, some of Wisconsin’s roadways are dirt or gravel. On uneven roadways and during inclement weather, 18-wheelers have a greater likelihood of jackknifing.
4. Tired and drunk driving
Because 18-wheeler drivers must often keep tight schedules, they may be drowsy behind the wheel. Nevertheless, sleepy driving may be as bad as drunk driving. Both conditions increase the chances of a semi-truck collision, unfortunately.
If you live in a rural area, you likely have a high quality of life. Few things can interrupt your rural lifestyle faster than an 18-wheeler accident. After you understand why semi-truck accidents often occur on rural roadways, you can plan for safe driving during long and short trips.