- Their size: In contrast to passenger cars, tractor trailers are incredibly large. This means they can block roadways, intersections, and surprise a passenger vehicle with an impact that can easily total their vehicle and cause major injuries.
- Trouble braking: Trucks take much longer to brake than other, smaller vehicles. Traveling at highway speeds, a truck would have to start braking hundreds of feet away in order to come to a complete and safe stop.
- They are unwieldy: In busy intersections, tractor trailers take more time to turn, stop, and accelerate. They can also easily obstruct the road in front of them, potentially setting the stage for an accident due to lack of driver visibility. They need more space and time to maneuver, and often leave little time for other drivers to react.
- They may carry hazardous materials: Trucks carry more than heavy cargo. Chemicals, liquids, and flammable material may be on board. This poses a serious hazard to anyone near the scene and sets the stage for potential explosions.
Common causes of tractor trailer accidents?
Often, tractor trailer collisions are the result of negligence and improper technique on behalf of the driver or their company. Common examples of driver negligence include:
- Fatigued driver/asleep at the wheel
- Driving under the influence
- Reckless driving behaviors such as speeding
- An improperly, or undertrained driver
In regard to the truck itself, its cargo may have been loaded improperly, or not adequately secured. Shifting cargo can cause dramatic handling problems, easily causing a rollover accident that can crush cars, pedestrians and property.
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