Speeding Semi-Trucks Accidents
It’s a simple fact that 18 wheeler semi-trucks weigh much more than a typical car on the road. By law, a tractor-trailer cannot exceed 80,000 pounds without requiring certain permits. Such heavy vehicles must be operated by professional drivers with special licenses. These drivers carry more responsibility on the road than everyday noncommercial drivers because they need to understand how their large vehicles behave differently than smaller vehicles. For example, the distance required for a semi-truck to come to a complete stop is farther than a typical sedan would require to stop while traveling at the same speed. Because of this difference, the reaction time of the driver and maintaining safe speed of the 18 wheeler is crucial to keeping the roads safe.
Even with this information, the most common causes of semi-truck accidents are Speeding and Distracted Driving. There are some measures in place that help drivers follow safe operating practices. The driver of an 18 wheeler is elevated much higher than most other drivers on the road. This is to increase visibility of traffic in front of the vehicle which gives the driver extra time to get ready for stopped traffic ahead. Many 18 wheelers have data recorders stored on the vehicle which tracks speed and other relevant data that can be recovered after an accident with special equipment. This is used as a deterrent to speeding because the driver can be held accountable for his driving even if there is no accident. This data also makes it easier to see if speed was a factor in case of an accident.
Rear end collisions are not the only types of semi-truck accidents that are generally attributed to speed as the main factor. Roll-over and jackknife accidents are most often caused by the vehicle being operated at excessive speeds for the current conditions.
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