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People Killed in Large-Truck Crashes in 2013

People Injured in Large-Truck Crashes in 2013

Source: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) 2013 Annual Report File (ARF).
Note: Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.

No-Zones

No Zones

No-Zones are danger areas around trucks and buses where crashes are more likely to occur. Some of these “No-Zones” are actual blind spots where your car “disappears” from the view of the truck or bus driver.
Side No-Zones - Don't hang out in the blind spots on the sides of large trucks.
Rear No-Zones - Avoid tailgating. The truck driver can't see your vehicle, and you can't see ahead of the truck.
Front No-Zones - Pass safely. Don't cut in front of a truck. Trucks need more room to stop than passenger vehicles.

Impact Point of Fatal Crashes Between a Large Truck and Another Vehicle

Impact Point on Large Truck

Impact Point on Other Vehicle

Front

Left Side

Right Side

Rear

Total

Front

31%

15%

11%

6%

64%

Left Side

9%

1%

1%

0%

11%

Right Side

5%

0%

0%

0%

6%

Rear

19%

0%

0%

0%

20%

Total

64%

17%

13%

7%

100%

Source: FARS 2013 ARF.
Note: Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.

The majority of fatal crashes involving a large truck and one other vehicle happen in head-on or partial head-on collisions, when the front of the large truck contacts the front of the other vehicle. The next most frequent type of occurrence is the front of the other vehicle into the rear of the large truck. NHTSA and FMCSA both stipulate a rear-impact guard for large trucks to prevent vehicle underride.