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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

If you can’t see the driver of a big rig, he can’t see you either


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 to 2013);

  • There are over 26,700 National Safety Code carriers in Alberta that operate over 126,000 commercial vehicles;

  • 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 crashes;

  • 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 Do

  • Pull over when feeling tired, especially late at night – it could save your life or someone else’s;

  • Always complete proper trip inspections;

  • 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 commercial vehicle safety in Alberta.

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Last Updated June 14, 2015