Every day, motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts occur because of the negligence or inattention of one or more drivers. Often, these accidents result in serious injuries and sometimes death. One of the best ways to avoid being involved in such an accident is to be aware of how they happen.
Dangers that trucks pose on the road
Trucks are much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, and they have large blind spots. This combination can make it difficult for truck drivers to see other vehicles, especially when changing lanes or making turns. If a truck driver does not see another vehicle in their blind spot, they may collide with that vehicle.
Trucks also take longer to stop than passenger vehicles. This is due to the truck’s weight and the fact that friction slows down a moving object more quickly than it speeds up a stationary object. If a truck driver does not leave enough space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them, they may cause a motor vehicle accident.
Finally, trucks can cause serious damage to the roadway and to other vehicles if they lose control. This is more likely to happen if a truck is carrying a heavy load or is traveling at high speed.
Preventing truck accidents
One of the best things you can do is to be aware of the dangers posed by trucks. When you are driving, make sure to give trucks plenty of space. If you must pass a truck, do so quickly and safely. Be careful when changing lanes around trucks and never cut off a truck. If you see a truck driver who appears to be tired or distracted, stay away from that vehicle. Finally, always obey the speed limit and never tailgate any vehicle, including trucks.
Remember, accidents can happen at any time, so it is always important to be cautious when driving. Also, keep in mind that most truck drivers are careful, professional drivers who have special licenses to drive large rigs. Despite this, inattention to roadway and driving conditions is all too common. Being mindful of trucks on the highway and byways is an important step to making the roads safer for everyone.