Trucks have a lot of mirrors. That does not mean that the driver used them correctly. This situation is what happened with the case below. The car was trav- eling when struck on the side by a semi-truck. The semi-truck driver failed to see the car and pushed the car against the retaining wall. Truck drivers should know the (blind spots) no zones. A truck driver is trained from the beginning about managing space 360 degrees around the truck where the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart collected damages for a young woman crushed in her car by a semi.
To be a safe driver, a trucker has to know what is going around all around his vehicle. Not looking properly is a major cause of accidents involving trucks. Because stopping or changing lanes can take a lot of distance, knowing what the traffic is doing on all sides of the truck is very important. A trucker must look well ahead to make sure that there is enough room to make these moves safely.
A good truck operator will look at least 12 to 15 seconds ahead. That means looking ahead a distance that the truck will travel in 12-15 seconds. Allow for lots of room when driving around a truck. The hood of a semi hides part of the road from the truck driver.
To Stay Safe:
Lane changes that result in a big truck striking a smaller vehicle can occur due to blind spots which can be caused by bad weather.
At night a driver can only see as far as the illumination cast by the truck’s headlights. Consequently, a trucker driving at night must drive slowly enough to stop within the distance of the headlights. Driving any faster is referred to as “OVER DRIVING” the headlights. This is a potentially dangerous practice as, by the time the truck operator sees a hazard, the object will be closer than the distance the driver will need to come to a complete stop.
As a general rule at low beam, a tractor-trailer’s headlights will illuminate about 250 feet in front of the vehicle. High beams will illuminate for approximately 350-500 feet. Subject of course to whether the lights were properly working, adjusted properly and FREE of road debris, mud and dirt.
Approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur in the United States every year, of which 5,000 (or 1 in 8) are fatal2. A truck is defined as a large trailer weighing 10,000 or more pounds.
Tractor-Trailer crashes are almost always more serious than collisions involving two automobiles. Semi-trucks are simply bigger and faster than cars. Ac- cording to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), tractor-trailers weigh 20 to 30 times more than an average car. They also take between 20 to 40 percent more distance than cars to fully stop.
When semi crashes happen, they have high fatality rates. In most cases, the fatalities are drivers and passengers in standard vehicles. Of the more than 3,600 fatal large truck crashes in 2013, 67 percent of the deaths were car occupants and passengers. Simply put, cars are no match for semi-trucks.
A semi-truck has multiple blind spots that every driver on the road should be aware of, including:
When getting licensed to drive a semi-truck, drivers are supposed to receive special training to account for the blind spots around large trucks and operate safely. If the driver ignored this training and operated the truck in an unsafe, reckless, or otherwise careless manner, they may be found liable for the resulting accident. Fatigue, haste to make shipping deadlines, or just plain carelessness on the road can cause drivers to make a mistake that can cost you dearly.
Injury Lawyer Flora Templeton Stuart has represented hundreds of clients injured by big trucks. We understand the complexities of these types of cases and will go after all the parties who are responsible for your damages. Call our law firm at 888-782-9090 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week so our team of experts can be on the scene to preserve the evidence.
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