What Are Some of the Dangers Associated With Large Trucks on Midways?
When driving on narrow strains of highway in the company of commercial motor vehicles, drivers must be consciously aware of the various risks presented by commercial motor vehicle drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigation reveals that in 2006 there 3,757 fatalities and many others injuries due to accidents involving commercial motor vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a report implying that passenger vehicles bear some of the risk in causing these catastrophic injuries. While some accidents are due to commercial motor vehicle drivers who have driven too long and exhausted make errors or irresponsible wrong. These accidents are vital to monitor because commercial motor vehicles killed four times more people in other vehicles.
Reasons Why Commercial Motor Vehicles Are Involved in Accidents
While other passengers on the road might contribute to commercial motor vehicle accidents there are still numerous conditions in which negligent commercial truck drivers create roadside catastrophes. Some of the accidents involved include the following:
- Blind Spots. Many commercial motor vehicle drivers are unable to see nearby smaller passenger vehicles due to blind spots in the road. These blinds spots frequently lead to commercial motor vehicles making turns and striking smaller passenger vehicles, which can cause serious collision based accidents.
- Blown out Tires. These substantial events lead to serious roadside accidents including commercial motor vehicle rollovers or jackknifes.
- Braking Properly. Many highway drivers frequently operate vehicles at high speed which can make braking suddenly and on time a near impossibility in many cases. Loaded commercial motor vehicles take nearly half as much time to stop as small passenger vehicles and this difference is more significant on on slippery surfaces.
- Distracted Drivers. Given the long hours of monotonous driving, some drivers resort to other activities inside the cab which distracts driver’s attentions away from hazardous situations that might up immediately and leave the commercial motor vehicle driver unprepared for any type of event that might quickly occur.
- Failure to Respond Quickly. When two motor vehicles collided on the northbound lane, the resultant catastrophe resulted in a third tractor trailer in the opposite lane also piling into the first two commercial motor vehicles. This event proved exponentially catastrophic because the vehicles were hauling the highly combustible diesel fuel. On average, a loaded trailer can travel twenty to forty percent further when brakes are applied as compared to a passenger vehicle.
- Fatigued Drivers. Fatigued truck drivers are a substantial crash risk. Although federal regulations require commercial motor vehicle drivers to operate vehicles for no more than eleven hours at a stretch with ten hours intervals in between. Fatigued drivers are inclined to make a variety of driving errors that can result in a large number of commercial motor vehicle accidents.
- Impaired or Intoxicated Drivers. Drivers who are not engaged in safe practices on the road including speeding or failing to monitor the presence of others on the road can become involved in accidents that result in death and serious disability.
- Speeding is a factor in many commercial motor vehicle accident. Speeding is dangerous enough in a smaller passenger car, but speeding in a commercial motor vehicle has a tendency to cause catastrophic results. As previously stated, commercial motor vehicles take longer than smaller passenger vehicles to brake and as a result speeding commercial vehicles are harder to control.
- Squashing or Severe Physical Damages. When enormous motor vehicles square off against smaller passenger vehicles, these situations also result in great physical damage being done to the smaller passenger vehicle. While commercial motor vehicles are considered to include any truck over ten thousand pounds, the average car weighs roughly about a quarter of these figures.
- Wide Turns. Given the substantial size of commercial motor vehicles, these vehicle need to swing wide to the left to perform a right turn. When commercial motor vehicles make these substantial turns, the driver is often unable to see smaller passenger vehicles directly nearby the vehicle. Not to mention, commercial motor vehicles have the tendency to sway into other lanes when traveling at high enough rates of speed.
Given this great number of commercial motor vehicle accidents, passenger vehicles are particularly vulnerable to these accidents.
Advice for Dealing with Truck Accidents
There are a handful of precautions that a motorist can take to lessen the risk of becoming involved in accidents with commercial motor vehicles.
- There is a great number of accidents that one can avoid by simply being alert to the surroundings around one’s vehicle.
- Motorists should be make sure to keep distance from other larger commercial motor vehicles to prevent the risk of getting struck during collision or sudden changes in the driving behavior of the commercial motor vehicle operator.
- Do not pass unless you can so quickly. Motorists who linger in the blind zones of commercial motor vehicle drivers risk being struck by the larger vehicles.
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