Large 18-wheelers number in at over 3 million licensed drivers on U.S. roads each year. They are vital to our economy because they transport tons of freight around the country. Unfortunately, these large vehicles have been involved in some of the most severe accidents on the roads. Their massive size and weight dramatically affect the ability to break and avoid obstacles that could lead to crashes. A truck accident can happen because of some factors including negligence and weather.
MOST COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS:
- Distracted drivers
- Inclement Weather
- Mechanical problem
- Roadway issue
Understanding some of the limitations that these large trucks have on the highway can help you and your family stay safe. Here are a few tips to help prevent future vehicle accidents and help you avoid being involved in an ongoing accident.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Trucks require a longer stopping distance than cars, so allow 20 to 25 car lengths distance if you are behind one. It is best to stay away from these large vehicles regarding safety precautions in the event of an accident. An 18-wheeler can weigh 20-3o times that of cars and smaller trucks on the roads.
BE AWARE OF BLIND SPOTS
Be aware of the fact that a truck driver cannot always see you or know what you are going to do. Make sure to be in their mirror view when attempting to pass or as a reminder that you are there. One tip would be to start your turn signal well behind the truck so that they know you are going to be next to them.
Normal truck accidents can cause extensive damage, but adding speeding to the mix will only increase the likelihood of severe injury and even death. Follow road laws when traveling so that you do not raise the possibility of an accident occurring.
PASSING A TURNING 18-WHEELER
These large trucks will typically make larger turns than you expect. Staying back and being aware of their turns will help to ensure you aren’t in the way. Attempting to pass a truck while it is turning increases the chances of a collision.