A typical driver will always feel a bit of unease on the road when they are sandwiched between two mammoth commercial trucking rigs. Besides a commercial truck’s huge size, truck drivers have to deal with exhausting distances while staying focused for hours on end. They have to safely navigate unpredictable highway conditions while driving responsibly.
Unfortunately, the factors above attribute to negligent collisions and unpredictable consequences. The attorneys at Powell & Associates Law Firm know the dangers of trucking accidents first hand. If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident, please contact the experts at Powell & Associates Law Firm in Atlanta for help.
Since there are many reasons trucking accidents occur, let’s discuss some of the most common causes below.
Since trucks operate with more than four times the amount of tires as a normal vehicle, they are four times more likely to experience a blowout. Tire blowouts make it much more difficult for the driver to control their vehicle, and it’s much harder to stay in their lane.
When a tire blowout occurs, chunks of rubber fall on the road and create dangerous road obstructions.
Since trucks have to deal with a considerable amount of force, braking systems have to work extra hard to remain in control. Unfortunately, brake failure can happen at anytime due to old brakes or defective equipment. If someone was injured from an accident occurring from brake failure, the trucking or equipment manufacturer may be liable for damages.
Mechanical failures or negligent truck drivers may cause a dangerous head-on collision. A collision with a commercial truck usually results in serious injuries for all parties involved.
Rear-end collisions are also fairly common, because truck drivers require much more time to brake. A sudden chain of regular vehicles slamming on the brakes can be a recipe for disaster if a commercial truck is heading in the same direction. Always drive with caution when you are sharing the roads with commercial trucks.
Commercial trucks have much larger blind spots than regular cars. Drivers should remember that if they can’t visibly see a truck’s mirrors, the driver most likely can’t see them. Although commercial truck drivers are trained to accommodate for blind spots, collisions still may occur.
If you need superior representation for an injury sustained in a trucking accident, contact the lawyers at Powell and Associates for help. Schedule a free consultation today!