Driving a truck is fatiguing and with pressure to complete a certain number of routes in a given time period, it can sometimes lead to oversights or even negligence that can cause an accident or injury. The sheer size and weight of a truck requires deft handling and intense concentration.
There are a number of reasons why a truck accident can occur. By becoming aware of them, it makes it much easier to stay safe and avoid a truck accident. Here are several of them:
- Busses – Like trucks, busses need to take wider turns and have a longer stopping distance. Bus drivers try to stay safe, but it also involves other drivers taking responsibility and keeping a watchful eye on the road.
- Blind Spots – Large trucks have blind spots which are located around the back, sides and front of the truck. Any vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian that is in the blind spot may be hit or fatally injured.
- Squeeze Play – Tractor-trailer trucks need to swing wide to the left in order to negotiate a safe right turn. If a car, pedestrian, or bicycle cuts between a turning truck and the curb, then then they may be caught in a squeeze play where a serious accident may occur.
- Stopping Distance – Any big rig truck requires approximately 40% more space than other vehicles to stop. If the stopping distance is too small between a car and a large truck, an auto accident like a rear-end collision can happen.
If you or a loved one has been killed or injured by a big truck accident in the Madison, WI area, please contact Boller & Vaughan LLC for your free consultation. Or, call 608-268-0268 to speak with our dedicated and experienced personal injury legal team.