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4 Dangers of rural truck driving

While it may seem like a lack of traffic would make rural areas safe to drive in, 62 percent of all fatal large-truck crashes occur in rural areas, according with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTS).

With Ohio being one of the top ten states with the highest average of fatal large truck accidents, it's extra important to understand the potential dangers of rural truck driving if you are in a rual area.


Truck drivers are taught not to swerve out of the way of small animals in the road because the sudden movement at high speed could easily result in the truck tipping or endangering other drivers.

However, larger animals in the road can pose a big threat if they are hit. A high-speed impact with a large animal, such as a deer, cow, bison or bear, could result in a devastating accident.

Farm vehicles

Large tractor trailers and other big farm rigs traveling at low speeds may present serious accident risk to large truck drivers who are not familiar with country or local roads.

Road conditions

Rural roads are often unpaved and narrow in comparison to the interstate highways that most truck drivers are accustomed to using. They also tend to be more dimly lit or not lit at all. These small differences can impact a driver's reaction to hazards in the road.


Whereas highways are usually straight, rural roads that carve around farms can be very curvy. It can be difficult for large trucks to turn in tight curves, especially if the driver was traveling too fast and did not anticipating the turn.

Trucking accidents can be deadly. If you live in a rural area, you may be especially susceptible to the risk. If you have been involved in a trucking accident that caused injury to you or damage to your property, call a personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

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