Big rigs, also known as tractor trailers, are an essential part of the economy. They transport goods to and from manufacturers and retailers. The more you see them, the better the economy is performing.
Despite this, they also pose quite a lot of danger to other vehicles on the roads of Florida because of their length, size, speed, and blind spots. The highways and back roads of Florida are inundated with traffic. You simply can't get around it. Our Miami truck accident attorney shares below five reasons why trucks pose so much danger.
Big rigs are so large that they have a slew of blind spots on all sides. These prevent the drivers from being able to see the other vehicles around them on the road. If a car is traveling in the blind spot of a truck, it is in danger to be involved in an accident.
A truck's blind spots are on either side, in the rear, and sometimes in the front of the truck. That's why it's never a good idea to drive directly alongside a big rig. If you cannot see the driver of the truck in the side view mirror, the driver cannot see you.
Acceleration and Braking
A large truck, because of its weight and size will need a lot more room and time than a car or van to accelerate and to brake. Most cars need 300 feet of space to come to a complete stop. A truck might require twice this distance to stop.
If traffic is stop-and-go, a truck might not have enough room to stop without hitting a car in front of it. As a tip, try to change lanes and avoid being directly in front of a truck when in stop-and-go traffic.
Tractor trailer drivers are usually on the road for anywhere from 11 to 14 consecutive hours at a time without a break. There are hours of service regulations in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that require drivers to take breaks lasting ten consecutive hours or more when driving for the periods mentioned earlier.
Driver fatigue is a big problem when it comes to driving big rigs. Drowsy driving can be just as bad as drunk driving. A tired driver will not be as alert as one who has gotten plenty of rest recently, he or she won't have the proper judgment to gauge traffic and speed patterns of other vehicles, and this can lead to accidents.
Weight, Size, and Length of the Big Rig
The weight, size, and length of the truck pose a significant danger for other vehicles. When a large truck collides with a car, there will be more damage to the car because of the size differential. The weight of a truck, which can reach 80K pounds, can crush a smaller vehicle, which weighs roughly 3,5K pounds.
Broken or Poorly Maintained Trucks
A dangerous or broken truck allowed on the road may cause an accident. Truckers and trucking companies have to inspect their vehicles for problems and make necessary repairs to maintain them in good working order. This duty applies to all truck components, including brakes, tires and safety equipment such as lights and reflectors.
Recover What Is Rightfully Yours after a Truck Accident in Florida
You need a truck accident lawyer with the skill, intellect, experience, and determination to level the playing field against the trucking industry and the powerful insurance companies. Accident reconstructionists, medical professionals and life-care planners are frequently needed to show the insurance companies, judges and juries the entire amount of damages in your case. We have the resources and access to excellent experts to prove fault, liability, and damages. Being injured in an accident with a large truck can change your life. If you have been injured in such an accident, it's best to contact our Miami truck accident lawyer at 305.416.9805 to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.