Traffic Safety in Alberta
If you can’t see the driver of a big rig, he can’t see you
People in passenger vehicle are more
likely to be injured or killed in a crash with a commercial vehicle.
Facts to Know
425 people were killed and 9,183
were injured in collisions involving commercial vehicles (2009
There are over 26,700 National
Safety Code carriers in Alberta that operate over 126,000
Passenger vehicles (cars,
mini-vans, SUVs, pick-up trucks and vans) were the vehicles most
frequently involved in total casualty collisions.
Tractor-Trailers were 2 per cent of the total vehicles in
casualty crashes, but 9.2 per cent of the vehicles in fatal
73.8 per cent of the drivers of
other vehicles involved in fatal collisions with truck tractors
and 42.9 per cent in injury collisions committed a driving
error. The most common errors were being left of centre,
following too closely or violating a stop sign;
The most common driving errors
on the part of the truck tractor driver in casualty collisions
were running off the road and following too closely.
What Commercial Drivers Can
Pull over when feeling tired,
especially late at night – it could save your life or someone
Always complete proper trip
Ensure your vehicle is within
the weight limits to prevent damage to the road;
Take advanced and refresher
driver training courses.
What Other Drivers Can Do
Stay out of blind spots! Stay
far enough behind big trucks so that you can see both side
mirrors on the truck, including when stopped behind a truck;
Watch for turn signals as trucks
require a wide turning radius. Trucks usually swing slightly to
the left before making a right hand turn;
Large vehicles take longer to
stop. Do not cut commercial vehicles off.
Learn more about
vehicle safety in Alberta.
Listen to the
Road Rash and
Behind the Wheel radio spots.
June 14, 2015