December 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Travel safely this upcoming holiday season with truck awareness
The holidays are a time when family and friends get together but they can also be a season of tragedy as more travelers take to the roads in and around Phoenix. At the same time, there is an increase of tractor-trailers as stores try to prepare for shoppers and this can lead to a truck accident
where someone is seriously injured or killed.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation the statistics for 2012 show that 515 accidents occurred on December 14th alone. It is unknown how many of those accidents involved a semi on that day but trucks and buses were responsible for 3,606 injuries and 97 deaths that year.
Responsibility of truckers
State Farm Insurance reports that there are 11 million semis on the road and when a truck collision happens it is usually the occupants in the other vehicles that suffer the most. Sometimes these accidents are the fault of truckers who drive when they should rest, let themselves become distracted
or fail to take proper precautions when the road conditions and weather turn rough.
Even trucking companies have been found at fault for collisions and ordered to pay a hefty compensation to injured victims and their families. Some trucking companies are found guilty of failing to properly maintain their trucks, incorrectly distribute truck loads or acting in other negligent ways.
Responsibility of motorists
Sometimes accidents between tractor-trailers and cars occur because motorists do not take the time to increase their awareness of these large transports. There are many differences between trucks and cars and these include:
-Trucks make wide right turns - sometimes motorists think they can squeeze through the space as the truck is beginning to turn but this often results in an accident.
-Trucks take a lot longer to stop - when a truck is fully loaded it weighs up to 80,000 pounds and it can take the truck about two football field lengths to stop when traveling at 55 miles per hour.
-Trucks have huge blind spots - these blind spots, or no zones, are located directly in front of the cab, on the right side of the cab, on the left side of the cab just behind the trucker and anywhere behind the truck's trailer in the same lane.
-Trucks are hard to maneuver and need plenty of room to merge into the road or change lanes.
-Trucks are three times the size of a passenger vehicle - when it comes to a competition between a tractor-trailer and a car, the tractor-trailer is always going to win.
Motorists can help make the road safe for themselves and other travelers by showing truckers courtesy and making sure that they keep their vehicles a safe distance from the semi. If they need to pass the semi, they should do so as quickly as possible and try to always keep the trucker's face in their sight. This helps ensure that the trucker will see them and their vehicle.
When motorists and others are injured because of the actions of a trucker or a trucking company, they will find it helpful to get legal advice from an experienced attorney.
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