Massachusetts and other states have noticed a stark increase in the number of larger trucks and SUVs on the roadway. While these bigger vehicles can offer many benefits like carrying more passengers and having more storage space, the reality is that larger vehicles are shown time and again to be at a higher risk of being involved in roadway accidents.
A look at the data
One study looked at the percentage of accidents that occurred for every 1,000 vehicles that an auto manufacturer produced. These accidents were broken down into two groups: the percentage of small vehicles and the percentage of large vehicles involved in car accidents. In a survey, 10 out of the 17 automakers showed that larger vehicles had a higher percentage of accidents.
Tips for reducing your risks of being involved in an accident
No driver wants to be involved in a roadway accident. Fortunately, there are many good practices that you can utilize to help to significantly reduce your risk of being involved in a vehicle accident regardless of whether you drive a large or small vehicle. The first recommended practice is to avoid distracted driving. Put your phone down and focus solely on the task of driving.
When weather conditions change, be sure that your driving changes along with them. You should be following the posted speed limit on every road that you travel and ensure that you always leave a safe following distance behind the vehicle in front of you and your front bumper. Also, never get behind the wheel of your vehicle if you’ve been drinking or you are overly fatigued.
All vehicles, regardless of size, are susceptible to being involved in an accident caused by human error. It’s important that everyone follows the tips above to help reduce the risk of a roadway accident occurring. If you’ve been involved in an accident, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney to ensure that your claim goes smoothly.