If you are like most drivers in the Macon area you have probably found yourself sharing the road with a semitruck hauling everything from timber to road construction materials and even hazardous chemicals. Like the other drivers, you more than likely felt a little nervous the last time you found yourself close to a semi. The nervousness you feel around these vehicles probably causes you to pay extra attention to what is going on around you.
Staying alert and putting as much distance as possible between you and the semi are two of the best things you can do to stay safe while sharing the road with a large commercial truck. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid every truck accident no matter how careful you are.
While a semitruck’s size alone is enough to make it dangerous, there are a few things that often contribute to accidents. Here are some of the most common causes of truck collisions.
Driving a semitruck takes hours of training. This is because handling a big rig that is loaded down with thousands of pounds of cargo is a lot different than driving a sedan. The truck does not handle the same and lacks certain capabilities that smaller cars have. For instance, a truck needs much more time to come to a stop and more room to do even basic maneuvers such as turning. If the driver does not know how to handle the truck, a minor situation can easily become a tragic accident.
In general, the compensation system for most truck drivers encourages the drivers to make deliveries as quickly as possible. Drivers have pressure to drive too fast and sleep as little as possible to maximize pay. This puts not only the truck drivers at risk but also people operating or riding in passenger vehicles.
Another common cause of trucking accidents are drivers in smaller cars and trucks. There are many people on the road who do not respect semitrucks’ limited capabilities and treat them like smaller and lighter vehicles. This can cause a problem for the truckers and for other people on the roads.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident, keep in mind that you have options. You might be able to file a claim for your injuries and any other damages you suffered. If your claim is approved, you could get the compensation you deserve. However, going up against a trucking company after a wreck might require more extreme measures such as taking legal action.