Due to their massive size and weight, 18-wheelers can cause life-threatening injuries and fatalities even in "smaller" accidents. In this blog post, we will discuss why 18-wheeler accidents are more dangerous than car accidents and provide some tips on how to stay safe on the road.
The size and weight of 18-wheelers
An average 18-wheeler when fully loaded weighs around 80,000 pounds, which is 20 times heavier than a standard car. Due to their size and weight, 18-wheelers require more time and distance to stop, making it difficult to avoid accidents. Moreover, the impact of an 18-wheeler collision is much greater than a car collision, causing severe injuries and fatalities.
Driver fatigue and distraction
18-wheeler drivers often drive for long hours, leading to driver fatigue and distraction. Fatigued and distracted drivers are more likely to make mistakes, leading to accidents. It's essential for 18-wheeler drivers to take breaks and avoid distractions while driving to prevent accidents.
18-wheelers require regular maintenance to ensure they are in good working condition. Failure to maintain the truck's brakes, tires, and other critical components can lead to accidents. It's crucial for trucking companies to maintain their vehicles and ensure they are safe to operate on the road.
Speeding and reckless driving
Some 18-wheeler drivers may drive above the speed limit or engage in reckless driving, increasing the risk of accidents. It's important for drivers to follow traffic rules and regulations to prevent accidents.
Lack of training and experience
Operating an 18-wheeler requires specialized training and experience. Some drivers may lack the necessary training and experience, leading to accidents. It's crucial for trucking companies to hire qualified and experienced drivers to ensure safe driving on the road.
To stay safe on the road, it's essential to follow traffic rules and regulations, avoid distractions while driving, and maintain your vehicle regularly. If you've been involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Elliott & Ritch, LLP, for legal assistance.