Unsafe Driving Behaviors

56 percent of deadly crashes between large trucks and cars involve one or more unsafe driving behaviors by the passenger car driver, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Their analysis of NHTSA data shows speeding is the most common contributing factor and is involved in nearly one in three deadly crashes.

Unsafe driving behavior near large trucks and buses include, but are not limited to:

  • Unsafe lane changes;
  • Failure to signal lane changes;
  • Failure to yield the right of way;
  • Following too closely;
  • Speeding;
  • Failure to use Due Care;
  • Aggressive driving (a combination of two or more behaviors).