The Dangers of Large Trucks
Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers account for approximately 4% of traffic, but are involved in about 11% of auto accidents. Furthermore, accidents involving large trucks tend to cause more damage and be more fatal than accidents between two smaller vehicles. This is due in part to dangerous factors involving both the trucks themselves and the drivers.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of an accident involving a large truck, you may want to consider pursuing legal action. An experienced truck accident attorney may be able to help you receive financial compensation for medical expenses, property repair costs, or emotional trauma associated with the accident. Call the offices of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to begin learning about your legal rights and options.
Reasons to Avoid Large Trucks
Large trucks present a number of dangers to other motorists on the road. Some reasons why a person should try to avoid driving near large trucks whenever possible include:
- Truck drivers tend to work long shifts and may be driving while fatigued.
- Brake problems are common among large trucks. In addition to other factors, they may not be able to stop as quickly as they should or as other cars.
- Driving behind a semi truck makes you more vulnerable to being hit by objects like a piece of a blown out tire, part of the cargo, or road debris.
- Trucks have very large blind spots, making it hard to see other drivers at all times.
It is the responsibility of a truck driver and the trucking company to make sure drivers are not driving when they should not be and that the trucks are in good working order.