There are thousands more vehicles on the road today than there were even just two decades ago. With the increase inevitably comes a larger presence of transport trucks on the road. These are not only regular sized trucks but also tandem trailers carrying two or more truckloads at a time.
The presence of such large vehicles on the road can be a hazard for every driver. Even with increased regulations limiting speeds and vehicle weights, the number of accidents has not significantly decreased.
Trucks can weigh up to 50,000 pounds and need to be respected on the road or you could end up needing the counsel of a truck accident attorney, that is if you were to survive a crash with a semi.
We are going to take a look at some stark and sometimes startling facts about truck accidents in the hopes that it will increase the caution in which you take when driving on the busy highways that can be full of big trucks.
It’s impossible to avoid all trucks on the road. Awareness as a driver is one of the best ways to keep you safe. Trucks travelling at speeds topping 70mph with thousands of pounds of load behind them can be deadly. Leave enough space, be aware of all the trucks and traffic around you, follow the general rules of the road with respect and you can avoid a deadly crash with a truck.
Sources: https://accidentvalues.com/info/truck-accidents/10-truck-accident-facts/, https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts-2017, https://www.victimslawyer.com/commercial-vehicle-and-trucking-accidents-faqs.html
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