Two minor two-vehicle accidents were reported to BP Lubricants this year by carriers transporting our products. Both of these accidents occurred at a driveway intersection and in both cases the driver of the other vehicle was cited for causing the accident.
In researching these accidents, we found that driveway access-related accidents involving trucks is quite common. According to the analysis division of the FMCSA, they account for 7% of all crashes involving property damage, 6% of all injury crashes, and 4% of all fatal crashes involving trucks.
The details of each accident are described below along with potential tactics and techniques that drivers can employ that can help them avoid becoming involved in this type of accident.
The first accident happened when the driver was approaching a truck stop situated along a minor roadway. As he was nearing one of the driveways into the truck stop, another truck suddenly pulled out in front of him.
The driver took an evasive action and turned his truck to the right onto the shoulder of the road in an attempt to avoid a collision with the truck that pulled out in front of him. He was successful in avoiding a collision with the other truck, but hit a street sign that caused minor damage to the truck.
The other driver stopped his truck and police reported to the scene. The other driver stated that he did not have a clear view of the roadway, so he did not see the truck entering the truck stop. That driver was cited by the responding police officer for failure to yield.
The second accident occurred when the driver was attempting to make a right-hand turn into the driveway of BP facility from a two-lane roadway. The driver stated that he had his right-hand turn signal on and checked his mirrors before attempting the turn and did not see any vehicle behind him. In order to complete the turn, the driver swung his truck to the left and crossed the yellow line at the beginning of the right-hand turn.
As the truck began his turning maneuver, a passenger car attempted to pass along the edge along the right-side of the roadway. The truck driver never saw the car, but heard and felt the impact on the right side of his truck. The investigating police officer cited the car driver for making an illegal pass.
The following defensive driving tips may help a driver to avoid being involved in a driveway access-related accident:
Always remember… safety first!