When it comes to auto accidents, ones involving semi trucks can be the most dangerous. Despite the various traffic laws and regulations, there are a number of ways accidents still occur, and these can be even more dangerous when the collision involves smaller passenger vehicles. Injuries from such accidents can be life-changing, but our expert team can help you get the compensation that you deserve. We discuss what makes semi-trucks different from passenger vehicles and how they can affect accidents.
Size & Maneuverability
Size is one of the greatest differences when it comes to trucking accidents. Most passenger cars weigh around 3 tons, but semi trucks can weigh up to 80 tons. Their larger size can also make it more difficult to see what is behind them, creating blind spots that can be dangerous to other drivers on the road. Because of these blind spots, it is recommended that drivers avoid spending much time in them.
Another factor in semi trucks that can be dangerous is their stopping distance. The average driver generally knows what the expected stopping distance is for their car, but it can be much longer for semis. Because they are so much larger, they require additional time to come to a complete stop. If a commercial driver fails to keep a proper distance between themselves and other vehicles, they may be liable for any accidents that may occur.
Loose Cargo & Hazardous Materials
Size is not the only thing that can make a semi-truck more dangerous, their cargo can also be a hazard. If materials are not properly secured and come loose, they could spill onto the road and create a hazard for other drivers. If their cargo contains hazardous materials that are not properly secured, it can create an even more dangerous situation. In a scenario where hazardous materials are loose, many parties could be responsible for such a dangerous accident, from the driver to the trucking company owner to the manufacturer.
Weather & Strong Winds
One factor that is more dangerous to semis than to passenger cars is weather conditions. While both types of vehicles need to be concerned about snow and ice, semi trucks also need to be concerned about the wind, as strong enough gusts can tip over a truck. If the weather conditions are less than ideal, be sure to pay careful attention to other semi trucks on the road, as their large blind spots and limited maneuverability makes it harder for them to react to conditions on the road.
If you become involved in a road accident involving a semi-truck, it can cause injuries that may result in prolonged recovery or even death. The team at The Dinelli Law Firm has been serving the Albuquerque area helping victims receive compensation for their accident. We can aid victims in their recovery as well as provide justice for another’s negligence. Reach out to us today to schedule your free consultation.