Recognizing the hazards of trucks on the roads

2020-09-01T15:32:49+00:00July 6th, 2017|

All too often, we seem to take things for granted. The last thing on most people’s minds when we hop in a car and head out on the road is the chance that we could be in an accident. Fortunately, most accidents between cars are generally minor, often just a “fender bender” or something similar. But when an accident involves a truck, it is not uncommon for far more serious or catastrophic results.

Trucks are far larger and typically heavier than traditional cars on the road. When trucks are loaded with cargo, the weight can rise dramatically. The laws of physics tell us that the more mass a moving object has, the harder it is to slow down or change position. This means that truck drivers require far more distance to slow down, and are less agile than cars when it comes to swerving to avoid a potential hazard or accident.

Truck drivers are especially vulnerable to hazards on the road as well. With their larger size, trucks typically have much larger “blind spots” on the sides and directly behind their vehicle. In addition, with their height and length, they can be vulnerable to crosswinds which may cause a truck to veer onto another lane or even off the road. In addition, trucks are prone to jackknifing, especially when there is water or ice on the road.

Understanding the difficulties that truck drivers encounter and proceeding with caution while sharing the roads with trucks could help prevent an accident. However, no matter how safe a driver you are, accidents still happen. If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may want to speak with a firm familiar with personal injury to see if you could receive compensation for damages and injuries.

Source: “Truck Accident Overview,” Accessed July 6, 2017

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