Anyone driving a passenger vehicle has likely experienced the anxious feeling of driving alongside a large tractor trailer in a narrow construction zone. The sheer size disparity warrants extra care and diligence in a reduced and more crowded highway space. Being concerned for one’s own safety in this situation is valid since nearly 30 percent of all construction accidents involve large trucks. The number of people injured in these accidents has also increased. So, what should drivers know when traveling through busy construction areas?
Truck accidents have been found to share common factors. Road construction zones are a particularly hazardous location for passenger cars and trucks alike. They are more crowded, have significantly reduced lanes or shoulders, and have unexpected lane changes. They can involve sudden speed reductions due to posted speeds or slowed traffic and involve shared space with road crews and equipment. Overall, the site of a road construction project is more hectic and less predictable.
There are important things to note about work zone accidents. Accidents in work zones are more likely to take place during daytime hours in a workweek. Trucks require more time to slow down compared to passenger cars, making sudden traffic stoppages in work zones difficult. The stopping distance for a large truck traveling at just 55 miles per hour is almost 50 percent more than required for a car. As the speed increases, the stopping distance increases as well. Therefore, cars are at-risk of being rear-ended by a big rig unable to slow down in time in a work zone.
Large trucks also have less visibility around the vehicle because of their size and structure. Trucks have multiple blind spots around the vehicle, including the immediate front and back of the vehicle, as well as the sides. If you cannot see the truck driver in their side mirror, chances are that they cannot see you.
Truck Driver Negligence
Truck drivers have a responsibility to be extra cautious in construction zones. Leaving additional following space, being prepared to slow down suddenly, and viewing the traffic situation ahead are all critical. Truck drivers are also susceptible to distracted driving, lack of attention, drowsiness, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Negligence by a driver can result in fatal consequences for other passengers sharing the road. If you believe you have been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver, it is vital to seek legal counsel from an experienced truck accident lawyer. Ensure your rights are protected.
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