Tractor-trailers play a crucial role in transporting goods across the country. However, increased safety may depend on recognizing the potential hazards involved.
Through increased awareness, maintaining a safe distance and obeying traffic laws, motorists can strive to decrease commercial truck accidents and promote safer roadways for everyone involved. However, you should expect accountability for harmful negligence.
Responsibility might depend…
Over-the-road truckers meet tight deadlines within challenging schedules. Extended hours on the road often lead to fatigue and reduced reaction capabilities, but liability may extend far beyond the individual at the wheel.
Three logistical dangers
Each year across the state, hundreds of people die due to involvement in truck-related crashes. But what exactly are the challenges that make these motor vehicle accident injuries so severe?
Safety concerns include:
- Structure. Consider the size of a semitrailer, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. The force generated by a commercial truck can cause catastrophic damage to smaller vehicles and their occupants – especially because they require a longer stopping distance.
- Limited Visibility. Commercial trucks have blind spots, also known as “no zones.” These areas around the truck limit the driver’s vision and make it difficult to see smaller vehicles, motorcycles and pedestrians. When sharing the road, consider this: if you can’t see the driver of a large truck, they may not be aware of you, either.
- Maintenance and mechanical problems. Commercial trucks experience significant wear and tear due to their regular time in use. Safety problems with brakes, tires or other mechanical parts can cause malfunctions during transport, with the potential for catastrophic injuries.
Inadequate training may also contribute to safety concerns related to poor judgment, improper maneuvering or failure to respond appropriately to different traffic situations.
If you are injured, you might consider all contributing factors of a commercial truck crash. You deserve to receive fair compensation, no matter why the accident occurred.