Any type of road traffic collision can be serious but those involving trucks are much more likely to involve catastrophic injuries. Trucks are so much larger than other vehicles and they also usually weigh much more.
The above factors mean that the stakes involved in truck accidents are very high. Recognizing some of the leading causes of truck accidents could assist with accident prevention. What are some of the leading causes of truck accidents?
All vehicles have blind spots, but they are accentuated for trucks and commercial vehicles. If another vehicle is directly behind or to the front of the truck, or to the passenger’s side of the truck, the chances are that the truck driver hasn’t seen it.
The danger of blind spots makes it increasingly important for drivers to give trucks extra space and avoid overtaking on the passenger’s side.
Increased stopping distances
Due to the sheer size and weight of trucks, they take a lot longer to come to a stop. Studies indicate that a truck needs at least 120 meters (almost 400 feet) to stop when traveling at 60mph. This is nearly twice the distance that an average-sized car would take at the same speed.
Trucks carry much-needed goods and products across state lines. Drivers are usually required to work long shifts. Without proper rest breaks, a truck operator will likely become fatigued. This means that they have decreased focus and slower reaction times.
Being involved in a truck accident can be life-changing. If your injuries were caused by negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Seek legal guidance to discuss the possibility of pursuing a personal injury claim.