Wrecks Involving Trucks & Bicycles
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, side-impact crashes result in cyclists’ death in nearly half of all bike & truck accidents. When a truck hits a cyclist from the side, the force applied to the cyclist quickly sends them tumbling. When they fall, and the truck keeps turning, the cyclist can get swept under the truck cargo and get trapped in the area between the wheels.
Truck companies and their drivers are required to follow specific safety practices. When they don’t, the likelihood of a fatal bike accident increases. Truck drivers who go beyond the speed limit, make illegal turns at intersections, and drive while fatigued put both cyclists and pedestrians at exceptionally high risk. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) bans the use of cellphones for operators of commercial motor vehicles. While this law is put in place to decrease the number of truck accidents, unfortunately, it does not stop drivers from being negligent.
Trucks of any size hauling unsecured loads — like construction equipment or heavy furniture — pose an additional risk for cyclists.