According to the United States Department of Transportation, one person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes. 

The Department of Transportation also estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur each year.

But more than 75% of truck driving accidents are due to the driver of the passenger vehicle and not the truck.

Truckers urge cars to stay out of what is called the kill zone.

This can include not riding too close behind a truck, not driving along side them and avoiding staying out of their blind spot.

Local truck drivers mentioned that drivers often don’t turn on their headlights when driving in the rain, which reduces visibility. 

It is a Maryland state law that if a car’s windshield wipers are on, their headlights must be on as well. 

The on-guard system causes trucks to break automatically which can lead to accidents for drivers who may not be paying attention or riding too closely behind the truck.