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Results from Findit Parts’ survey reveal that less than 5% (4.64%) of American adults can accurately identify all the blind spots on a tractor-trailer—that’s fewer than 1 in every 20 American adults.

Survey: Less than 1 in 20 American adults understand truck blind spots

July 10, 2024
More than 95% of U.S. motorists don’t understand that semi-trucks have blind spots, highlighting the need for fleet coaching during a time when nuclear verdicts could close trucking businesses.

Lack of truck knowledge leads to death 

Judging by Findit Parts’ survey results, one could conclude that American motorists are ill prepared for driving alongside semi-trucks. While 31 U.S. states require teens to take driver’s education courses, the survey revealed that 50% of Americans believe driver’s ed courses didn’t adequately prepare them for safe driving around semis. 

Properly educating the motoring public about safety when driving around semis could save lives. In 2021, 3,243 lives were ended in crashes involving large trucks, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. That number decreased slightly in 2022 with 3,124 deaths.  

See also: NHTSA estimates fatalities continue to decline in 2024 

However, different sets of data report different findings. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 2023 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics, fatalities involving large trucks are much higher. In 2021, FMCSA reported 5,788 deaths associated with crashes involving large trucks. The data for 2022 and 2023 is not yet available. 

Findit Parts concludes that the lack of truck blind spot knowledge among American adults could explain why so many crashes between trucks and cars are the fault of the car driver. However, survey results also revealed that 65% of respondents who feel unsafe driving along semi-trucks blame the truck or truck driver. 

In a time when one accident can close a trucking company because of nuclear verdicts, results from this survey highlight the necessity of truck driver coaching and defensive driving coaching. The fate of your trucking company could depend on it. 

About the Author

Jade Brasher

Senior Editor Jade Brasher has covered vocational trucking and fleets since 2018. A graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in journalism, Jade enjoys telling stories about the people behind the wheel and the intricate processes of the ever-evolving trucking industry.    

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