If you are driving and get into a collision with another passenger vehicle, you may walk away unscathed or wind up with injuries that can range from minor to severe. But get into that same accident with a semitruck, and you will be lucky to live to see another day.
The size and weight disparity of these big rigs to the much smaller passenger vehicles is the reason that motorists do not fare well when they tangle with semitrucks on the highway. But there are also other factors at play that make semitrucks such a deadly hazard.
Crowded summer highways
With social distancing restrictions relaxing in many states and jurisdictions, it’s a given that many Americans will be itching to leave their homes and set out on vacation. Summer tourist crowds clog the highways and interstates and increase the likelihood of collisions. When those collisions involve semitrucks, it can be a deadly disaster.
Aggressive driving and road rage factor into the dangers. Motorists who fail to realize the distance a big rig needs to slow to a safe stop may zigzag in and out of the lanes of traffic, endangering all in proximity to them on the highway.
Truckers distracted by cellphones, navigational aids, CB radios or anything else that diverts their eyes from the road, their hands from the wheel and their minds from the task of driving contribute to the hazards.
Impossible deadlines set by trucking companies can increase trucker fatigue to the point where a driver is no longer safe on the highway.
If you are injured in a wreck with a big rig, your injuries may be extensive and disabling. Seeking compensation from all liable parties can bring you the needed financial relief to rebuild your life after your accident with a semitruck.