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Trucks Issues That Can Make Accidents More Likely To Occur


The trucking industry is heavily regulated, with mandated requirements for semi-trucks and tractor trailers concerning the types of materials that can be hauled,  how they should be loaded, and the amount of time truckers can spend behind the wheel. Part of this oversight is to protect truckers as well as other drivers on the road, and to prevent truck accidents from occurring. Due to their large size and bulk, there are a variety of unique issues truckers face, and being aware of some of these can help you better protect yourself.

Truck Facts

According to TruckersReport, most semi-trucks and tractor trailers are likely to be between 70 and 80 feet long and close to fifteen feet high, with engines that are six times more powerful than the one in your vehicle. On average, they have 10 gears for going forward and two for going in reverse, although some trucks may have nearly twice this number. All of us this makes them more complicated to drive, particularly around other vehicles on the road. To protect yourself and to help prevent accidents, it is important to remember the following:

  • While the average automobile weighs roughly 5,000 pounds, large trucks may weigh in at up to 80,000 pounds fully loaded. This makes impacts more severe when accidents occur.
  • Due to their weight and velocity, trucks generally require 40 percent more time to stop than other vehicles, making it more difficult for them to respond to sudden changes in traffic.
  • While the average single lane width on most roads is 12 feet, trucks require an average 55 feet radius when making turns, making it vital for motorists to allow several car lengths between them and a truck in these situations.

When Truckers Are Not Working

When truckers are off duty or have recently finished dropping a load, you may see them driving in just the cab of the truck, without the trailer attached. This is known as bobtailing. While it may seem like without the added weight the cab would be easier to operate, but the fact is that accidents are more likely to occur in these situations.

According to Fueloyal, a leading truck insurance provider, a semi truck’s wheels and brakes are designed to carry heavy loads. The missing weight provides less traction for tire traction and braking, which can be a major problem during wind or rainy conditions. As the driver is likely to not be on the clock in these situations, the trucking company may not cover any accidents that occur. 

Let Us Help You with Your Case

Damages due to trucking accidents can be severe, and it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to. Call or contact Gregg Wexler at the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. online today if you have been injured as a result of an accident. We can schedule a free consultation in our West Palm Beach office to discuss your situation with our Florida truck accident attorney.


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