When you're traveling, one of the things that might bother you is riding alongside 18-wheeler trucks. These vehicles are long and have poor visibility, which means it's harder for the driver to know you're there.
If you've ever had to rush into another lane or slam on your brakes to avoid a truck pulling into your lane, then you know the risks of driving around trucks. If that vehicle hits yours, it's likely to crush it and severely injure you.
What causes truck accidents, though, and are there ways you can prevent them?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), most crashes involve two or more vehicles and happen because of various factors that may take place days or even weeks prior to the crash. For example, a new driver with little experience may be on the roads for the first time, and with poor weather conditions, it makes him more likely to make a mistake and crash into someone.
Other factors that play a role in crashes include drinking alcohol, fatigue and speeding. Most truckers are limited to the speeds listed on the highway; some are not allowed to go over 55 mph due to their loads. If you witness a driver weaving, speeding or participating in other dangerous acts, take the time to call the police. It could help save lives on the road to pull over the driver and check that he or she is obeying the law.
Our website has more on trucking accidents and what to do if you're hit. Trucking companies should be held liable for allowing dangerous or reckless drivers on the roads.