All the services and products we rely on — from home improvement supplies to food deliveries — get to us on commercial vehicles. Missouri’s economy relies on transportation, and transportation relies on trucks and other large vehicles.

Commercial vehicles can be dangerous, as larger and more cumbersome trucks can cause serious damage or injuries even in minor collisions. Missouri is no stranger to these hazards, and drivers should always be aware of ways to stay clear of them.

How dangerous are commercial vehicle accidents?

There were more than 1,100 crashes involving commercial vehicles in Missouri between 2014 and 2016, putting this type of accident in the middle of rankings for the dangers they can pose to hapless drivers and pedestrians.

Who is at the most risk for commercial vehicle accidents?

Out of the 363 people killed in accidents in Missouri involving commercial vehicles, more than 20 percent were 66 or older. This is the largest age group affected by these accidents, so senior citizens owe it to themselves to stay clear of commercial vehicles.

What are the best ways to avoid a commercial vehicle accident?

There are many types of commercial vehicles, but one thing they all have in common is their drivers are doing a job. Look out for sudden stops and wide turns, and never follow a commercial vehicle too closely.

What can I do after a commercial vehicle accident?

Record any information about the vehicle and driver. If you are able, snap a few photos of the damage and the vehicles’ positions on the road. If there were witnesses, get their names and contact information. You may later decide to file suit against those responsible for your injuries and financial damages.

Source: Missouri Department of Transportation, “Missouri Crash Statistics,” accessed May 30, 2018