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Statistics show sharp rise in truck and bus accidents

Safety features in passenger cars have been getting steadily better over the years, and inventions such as airbags have saved countless lives. However, there's only so much an airbag or a seatbelt can do when a car collides with a much larger and heavier vehicle. That is why trucking accidents are so dangerous. A collision that might have led to minor injuries if it were between two cars can easily lead to catastrophic or fatal injuries if one of the vehicles involved is a tractor-trailer truck or a large bus.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in accidents in 2017, the most recent year for which statistics are available. That number represented a 9% increase over the year before. The number of these crashes that was fatal rose by 8%.

Tips for driving safely in heavy traffic

It can be safe to say that no one likes driving in heavy traffic. When there are many cars on the road at the same time, there is a greater chance for an accident or even a catastrophic pile up if one driver is not careful.

If you routinely drive in heavy traffic, below we have six key safety tips to keep in mind:

Pedestrian fatality rates were especially high in 2018

One look at the way U.S. cities are built and it becomes clear that they were designed for automobile traffic. It makes sense, given that cars are how most of us get around. But a city environment favorable to cars should at least be accommodating to pedestrians. Unfortunately, pedestrian travel here in Texas and across the country is not only inconvenient; it can be deadly.

The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released a report showing that in 2018, pedestrian fatalities were the highest they have been in nearly three decades. All told, some 6,227 people were killed after being struck by automobiles. Nearly half of those fatalities occurred in just five states: Texas, Florida, Georgia, Arizona and California.

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