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
- Sometimes in the front
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
Most cars need 300 feet of space to come to a complete stop. A truck might require twice this distance to stop. Because of its weight and size, a large truck will need a lot more room and time than a car or van to accelerate and to brake.
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, when in stop-and-go traffic:
- Try to change lanes
- Avoid being directly in front of a truck
Driver fatigue is a big problem when it comes to driving big rigs. Drowsy driving can be just as bad as drunk driving and can lead to accidents:
- A tired driver will not be as alert as one who has gotten plenty of rest recently
- A tired driver will not have the proper judgment to gauge traffic and speed patterns of other vehicles
Tractor-trailer drivers are usually on the road for anywhere from 11 to 14 consecutive hours at a time without a break. That is why 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 mentioned periods.
Weight, Size, and Length of the Big Rig
Trucks pose a significant danger for other vehicles due to their:
- Weight. The weight of a truck, which can reach 80K pounds, can crush a smaller vehicle, which weighs roughly 3,5K pounds.
- Size and length. When a large truck collides with a car, there will be more damage to the car because of the size differential.
Broken or Poorly Maintained Trucks
If allowed on the road, a dangerous or broken truck may cause an accident. Truckers and trucking companies have to:
- Inspect their vehicles for problems
- Make necessary repairs to maintain their trucks in good working order
This duty applies to all truck components, including:
- Safety equipment, such as:
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. We have the resources and access to excellent experts to prove liability and damages and present proof to the insurance companies, judges, and juries for the entire amount of damages in your case.
We work with:
- Accident reconstructionists
- Medical professionals
- Life-care planners
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 today to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.