Nothing gives a driver the chills like the shadow of a large commercial vehicle blocking out the sun. You know your chances of surviving a truck-altercation are slim.
Here are the statistics
Nearly five percent of all highway vehicles are commercial in nature. While you in your car are carefully transporting people, these are other vehicles are transporting goods, in a rush to meet delivery schedules.
You are using the highways for very different purposes, and you, the car driver, are at a distinct disadvantage. Fully loaded big rigs weigh in at 40 tons; your car is two tons at most. You are just a speck on a big truck's windshield.
It is no secret that people in passenger cars are much less likely to survive a truck crash than the drivers of the trucks. Auto passengers account for 97 percent of all deaths in car-truck collisions.
In the year 2010 (the most recent year we have statistics from), California was the state with the second highest level of fatalities. Of 2,715 fatal traffic accidents that year, 235 involved a commercial vehicle. Fully nine percent of highway deaths in our state were from car-truck crashes.