According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), almost 4,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 were killed nationwide in crashes involving big trucks between 2005 and 2009. In response to these worrying statistics and an ongoing need for awareness, three organizations have teamed up to educate teens about safe driving around semi-trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) as well as the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) have launched a campaign called “Teens and Trucks”.
The campaign aims to teach youth about the hazards of driving in the large blind spots of semi-trucks, dubbed “No Zones” by the program, where the driver of the truck is unable to see a passenger vehicle. To emphasize the point, teens participating in the program were able to sit in the driver’s seat of a semi while fellow students stood in the “No Zones”. Program organizers hope that by giving them a chance to see what truck drivers can and cannot see, students will make safer choices on the road.
NOYS President Sandy Spavone reminds teen drivers that, “Prom, graduation and summer are fantastic times for youth to celebrate and enjoy. However, with these fun times come unfortunate tragedies.” Hopefully programs like “Teens and Trucks” will be able to reduce the number of tragic trucking accidents in Nebraska and throughout the country by teaching young people how to be safer drivers.
If you or a loved one had been involved in a Nebraska semi-truck accident, the Omaha truck crash lawyers at Cullan & Cullan understand the difficulties you are going through. Our experienced semi-truck accident attorneys are also physicians and have the knowledge necessary to help you during such tough times. Call 1-402-397-7600 today for a free evaluation of your situation.