Commercial truck accidents continue to be among the deadliest and most injurious crashes on U.S. roads – including roads here in Alaska. Trucks are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles that collisions are often deadly or debilitating for occupants of smaller personal vehicles.
While trucking accidents have many common causes, it’s not always clear how common certain risk are. Truck drivers who cause accidents are predictably reluctant to admit what led to the crash, fearing that they will lose their job, get sued, or both. But technology is making it easier than ever to track truck drivers on the job. And according to one company supplying such technology, more than 70 percent of truck crashes it studied were the result of distracted driving.