Sharing the road with semi tractor-trailers can be dangerous. To stay as safe as possible, it’s helpful to know some fundamental differences between large trucks and cars.
Here are three things everyone should know when sharing the road with semis.
1) Trucks take longer to stop than passenger vehicles
A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh more than 60,000 pounds. Bringing something that heavy to a stop takes time and distance. A semi going 55 miles an hour requires the length of a football to come to a stop. If the driver is speeding or distracted, it can take longer. Trucks are equipped with air brakes, which have lag time before the brakes engage.
Keep stopping distance in mind when sharing the road with trucks. If a truck is following you too closely, get out of its way.
2) Trucks have larger blind spots than cars. The blind spots on a truck include:
– The area directly in front of a truck.
– The areas on either side of a truck, especially the right side.
When you are driving in a truck’s blind spot, the driver can’t see you. As a result, you should avoid driving alongside trucks whenever possible. The driver may drift out of his lane and into you. When passing a truck, do not stay in the truck driver’s blind spot any longer than you have to.
3) Truck Drivers May Be Driving Drowsy
While state and federal regulations require truck drivers to take rest breaks to prevent driver fatigue, many drivers flout these rules. They are paid to deliver loads, and they only earn money when they are on the road.
Driver fatigue is another reason to give trucks a large berth. Drowsy drivers have slower reaction times and may not notice when traffic slows in front of you or a light changes.
If you or someone you love is injured in a truck accident
If you or someone you love is injured in a truck accident, it’s important to hire a lawyer who regularly handles truck accident cases. Trucks are subject to regulations that do not apply to passenger vehicles. Only an experienced truck accident lawyer has the experience to investigate semi-truck accidents and hold negligent drivers and their employers responsible.