Accidents Involving 18 Wheelers
There are many hazards to be aware of on the highway. A defensive driver is constantly on the lookout for drunk or sleepy drivers, animals crossing the road, debris and other possible risks that can lead to accidents. Among the things a good driver needs to be on the lookout for are 18 wheelers. These massive trucks are rife with dangers that can affect other drivers on the highway.
Things to Look Out For on the Road
The sheer size and weight of one of these vehicles is enough to cause concern. But when approaching or passing 18 wheelers on the road, drivers should be aware of:
- The massive blind spots these trucks have: when passing an 18 wheeler, there is a good amount of time when the driver is not even capable of detecting another car’s presence.
- Possibility of brake failure: the weight and size of these vehicles presents constant strain on their brakes. Because of this, there is always a possibility that a truck’s brakes will fail while on the highway.
- Flying debris: if the truck bed is not properly closed and secured, debris can fly off the 18 wheeler at a very vast speed and smash or crack your windshield.
- Driver fatigue: most truck drivers have been at the wheel for many hours on end in an effort to finish their jobs as quickly as possible. Because of this, they are often severely sleep deprived and not fully aware of what is going on around them.
If you have been injured in an 18 wheeler accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or malicious intent, then you may have the right to receive compensation for your many losses. Contact the Madison car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to speak with an attorney about your legal rights and options.