Large trucks utilize the roads of specifically North East Philadelphia and Pennsylvania in general to transport goods every day. While large trucks and their drivers are essential to the economy, driving large trucks can be dangerous.
In fact, in 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and an additional 104,000 people injured in accidents involving large trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Learn some important facts about trucks and some safety information you should know about these large vehicles.
Tire Blowouts are Extremely Dangerous
One thing that can be particularly scary and dangerous is when a large truck experiences a tire blowout. When a tire blowout happens, cars in the surrounding area are at high risk for being struck with parts of the tire, which can cause devastating accidents.
Not only that, but a tire blowout can cause a truck driver to lose control of the vehicle, leading to road run-offs or rollover accidents. To avoid being the victim of a truck’s tire blowout, always put plenty of distance between yourself and large trucks while driving.
Large Trucks Have A Lot of Blind Spots
Some of the most important truck information pertains to blind spots. All cars have blind spots, but the size of the blind spots on trucks is much more than your average passenger vehicle.
It’s very hard for a truck driver to see cars that are located in these areas.
- behind the truck
- directly in front of the truck
- to the side of the truck
Make sure you never cut off a large truck; instead, give more room than you normally would when passing or changing lanes.
Trucks Make Wide Turns
Large trucks make much wider turns. Additionally, the truck driver often has limited visibility during the turn, meaning that he or she is unable to see cars that are attempting to pass. When a truck goes to make a turn, back off and give the truck plenty of time to complete the turn.
The truck may swing slightly to the left when turning right, so keep this in mind if passing on the left. Also, do not try to pass the truck on the right when it’s making a turn. This is called squeeze play and can be very dangerous.
Remind Yourself of a Truck’s Size
A commonly-known fact about trucks is that they significantly outweigh passenger vehicles. Trucks have a much harder time stopping quickly, as well as maintaining control of the vehicle in inclement weather or poor road conditions.
As such, the following are essential to keeping yourself and others safe on the road.
- Remaining patient with truck drivers.
- Never tailgating.
- Leaving plenty of space behind and in front of large trucks while driving.
A Trucking Company Could Be Liable for a Driver’s Error
Other truck information you should know pertains to truck accidents. If a truck driver caused an accident, the driver is liable for damages that result. But the trucking company employing the truck driver may also be vicariously liable. So make sure you understand these important facts about trucks, but don’t forget that you may file a claim if a trucker causes an accident.
If you’ve been in an accident involving a large truck, speak with an attorney who can investigate the cause of your accident as well as who is liable for your damages. The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help truck accident victims in the North East Philadelphia area.