Posted by on Aug 8, 2019 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

The Dangers of Commercial Trucks

There is not a guaranteed, foolproof way to keep us safe when we are driving, because we cannot control the behavior of others sharing the road with us. Staying attuned to potential safety risks on the road is a great way for us to stay safe.

One huge potential safety risk is the 18 wheelers many of us end of having to drive beside. Due to their sheer size, these trucks can impose massive amounts of damage to our vehicles. More importantly, they are potential public safety hazards — putting the lives of us and our loved ones at risk.

I hope you never have to use the information presented in this blog post, but it is much better to be safe than sorry. Keep reading to learn more about commercial truck crashes, and more importantly, what to do if you’re involved in one.

All About Commercial Trucks

Most of us have seen 18-wheelers on the road. Maybe some of you have even driven some before. Regardless of how familiar you are with commercial trucks, here are some quick facts about commercial trucks.

Most semi-trucks are about 70 to 80 feet in length or 1/4th of an average high school football field.
The maximum weight for a semi-truck is a mere 18,000 pounds — which is almost four times the weight of the heaviest of SUVs.
The stop time of an 18-wheeler is, on average, 40 percent more than the stop time for the average car.

As you can tell just by these three bits of information, semi-trucks can pack quite a punch. This is why it is so important to be cognizant of the dangers they can pose to you and other cars on the road.

Causes of Commercial Vehicle Collisions

There are a wide variety of causes of commercial vehicle collisions. Many of these stem around the driver’s negligence. This negligence could be a result of reckless driving habits, fatigue from driving long hours, or just a simple lack of caution.

Another potential cause of an accident could be a mechanical issue with the semi-truck. Because of their unique size and weight, semi-trucks are prone to mechanical problems that ordinary vehicles aren’t. Some of the malfunctions include:

  • Defects in tires
  • Brake issues
  • Engine issues
  • Windshield wiper issues
  • Light outages (including head, and sidelights)

You might be wondering what to do if these malfunctions occur. Don’t worry, we can help you with that, too.

What to Do

If you’re involved in a commercial truck accident, the first thing you should do is to see a doctor. As you can probably tell based on their size, 18-wheeler crashes can be deadly. The insurance claims can wait — make sure that everyone involved in the crash is safe first.

Once you are done healing, the next thing is to reach out to an attorney who specializes in semi-truck collisions. Whether the crash was due to negligence or mechanical failures, one of the experienced attorneys from Russo, Russo, & Slania P.C. could be your best resource to help you get the support you need to receive the proper damages for your experience.

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