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The Dangers of Driving Near Semi-Trucks

December 19, 2013

Tumultuous accidents occur every year due to large semi trucks. Trucks are large transportation devices that carry heavy loads and travel long distances, making it dangerous because of possible mechanical failures, drivers falling asleep and other threats. You may not realize that trucks pose a wide range of dangers when driving on the road and…

Tumultuous accidents occur every year due to large semi trucks. Trucks are large transportation devices that carry heavy loads and travel long distances, making it dangerous because of possible mechanical failures, drivers falling asleep and other threats.

You may not realize that trucks pose a wide range of dangers when driving on the road and it is important for you to avoid semi trucks when taking long road trips or even while cruising along the highway when going to work or school.

Do you trail semi trucks when you see one? How do you respond when a semi truck pulls up to the side of your car? Know the threats that semi trucks pose when driving on the road to avoid accidents and injuries that force you to seek legal help. If you do get in an accident with a semi truck it is important to understand the problems that occur with trucks to know your rights and receive the proper damages.

Runaway Trailers

A common threat on mountains and hills is when a truck trailer disconnects from a semi truck and starts rolling down the road. If you see a runaway trailer pull to the side of the road and make sure you are not on the edge of a hill or mountain. Move away from a ledge to prevent the runaway trailer from hitting your car and sending you over the ledge. If the runaway trailer hits your car, take pictures of the accident and get the license plate number of the truck to give to your lawyer.

Driver Fatigue

Drivers spend an extended amount of time driving across the country. They keep mattresses in the back of their trucks to sleep, but poor sleeping conditions and driving for long periods of time puts the body into a sleepy state. Watch out for swerving trucks on the road, and report drivers you think might be falling asleep.

Brake Failure/Road Conditions

Poor road conditions and brake failures cause similar problems. They both can send a large truck flying along the road without any way to stop it. With brake failure you can’t really do anything to stop the truck from hitting you. Simply drive away from the truck, and if you get hit take pictures and contact a lawyer. Road conditions give you the chance to get off the road and away from dangerous trucks that may swerve and go out of control on the road. If ice, rain or snow is accumulating on the road avoid driving. If you have no other option stay away from trucks and drive slowly.

What other threats do semi trucks pose on the road? Let us know in the comments how you can avoid these problems.

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