Why Your Instincts About the Danger of 18 Wheelers Are True
We all know that small, or gigantic, feeling of fear when driving next to an 18 wheeler, or when pulling into the middle lane and two 18 wheelers are on either side. One could argue it is simply common sense that gives us the feeling that we need to get away from them as soon as possible. It is also good to know why 18 wheelers pose so much danger on the road, and how you can go about seeking compensation in the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident with a “big rig.”
The weight of these vehicles is one of the biggest factors in making them something to avoid. 18 wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while the average passenger car weighs about 3,500 pounds. They are also much longer than the average vehicle. This can make passing them difficult, especially on one-way roads. Also, they need much more space to brake in traffic. It is important to make sure you leave a very generous amount of space between yourself and a semi-truck on the road.
The larger the truck, the larger its blind spots will be. An 18 wheeler will have blind spots on both sides of the vehicle, and in the front and rear. Accidents are caused by these blind spots frequently and it is important to know how to avoid this catastrophe. Always turn your blinker on early when passing an 18 wheeler to make sure the driver knows what you are about to do. Also, never try to swerve around one of these vehicles quickly. Truck drivers have to react quickly in certain situations, just like everybody else, and you do not want to be in their blind spot when this happens.
Truck drivers spend long hours, and sometimes days, on the road. It is important to be aware of this and exercise caution and patience any time you are on the road with 18 wheelers.
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