Pennsylvania motorists may have good reason to feel anxious whenever they drive around commercial trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a new report that focuses on accident rates among dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks, and the results are not reassuring. In 2016, there were 8,206 dump truck crashes so severe that the vehicle had to be towed away. There were 838 such crashes with concrete delivery trucks.
Many Pennsylvania motorists are concerned about the threat posed by traffic accidents, and those concerns are echoed by leading global public health officials. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death around the world for children and young people between the ages of 5 and 29. Across all age ranges, vehicle accidents are the world's eighth most common cause of death, now ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. The WHO reported that traffic deaths rose to 1.35 million in 2016 as part of its 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety.
Driving in Pennsylvania during the winter can sometimes be difficult for motorists in the Keystone State, especially when conditions affecting traction and visibility suddenly develop. The National Safety Council is making an effort to educate drivers on new available technologies designed to help regain traction and reduce accident risks when conditions are hazardous. The non-profit organization is also encouraging drivers to take sensible precautions when heading to their destination during the winter months.