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What are some special risk factors for large trucks?

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2022 | Truck Accidents

When you are driving alongside a truck, you may not initially worry about getting into an accident.

However, when the truck driver starts acting erratically, you may wonder what dangers there are when this large vehicle crashes into you. Trucks are especially risky to share the road with for several reasons.

Fatigue and mistakes

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a trucker can swerve into another lane or stop suddenly when they fall asleep behind the wheel. Whether this is due to long hours or reluctance to pull over when they feel tired, truckers can make poor choices while on the road.

The difference is that since their vehicles are much heavier and larger than most cars, the chances of them crashing into a small car or motorcycle are more likely.

Extreme speeding

When a vehicle gathers speed quickly, it makes it harder to come to a full stop or slow down in time to avoid crashing into someone else on the road. Larger vehicles like trucks take longer to stop and make turns.

This is even more dangerous when a trucker from out of town does not know the proper places to turn or stop. Speeding can also lead to someone running a red light because they cannot stop in time.

Jackknifing

When a truck stops quickly, the cab of the truck and the back can bend opposite ways and cause it to jackknife. This is an issue that cars and other small vehicles do not have, which means that truck drivers must account for this while driving or else run the risk of crashing into someone else.

These special factors and more can contribute to an accident if the trucker is making unsafe choices.

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