Accidents between cars and 18-wheelers are some of the worst because there is so much weight involved. A big-rig can weigh ten times more than what your vehicle weighs, and even more depending on what they’re carrying.
When you have that kind of weight, injuries and death are substantial. Professional drivers operate the 18-wheelers; in fact they must have special training and licensing to do so. But when an accident happens, given the weight difference between a big rig and your car, the damages are oftentimes severe and can be deadly, as well.
For long-haul drivers, the more you haul, the more distance you travel – the more money you make. Whether that’s condoned by the company or done by the driver, him or herself, it can be a problem when litigating.
Because of the long hours involved in making a living hauling goods across the country, lack of sleep and drug use can make things even more dangerous. Many times drivers will use medication to help them stay awake.
Fatigued driving is almost as bad as driving under the influence. In fact, it has been posited that fatigued driving is worse than driving while intoxicated or taking drugs. But the best thing, of course, is to do everything in your power to avoid such an accident. There are things you can do to increase your chances of avoiding a wreck with a big rig.
- Give the trucks plenty of room
- Don’t go around them if you cannot see clearly
- Use your flashers. Make sure you’re using signals to let them know your intent
- Make sure they can see you if you’re attempting to pass
You would rather not have a case and survive than to get in their way and put yourself in harm’s way. That is not to say that you’re causing the wreck, but it is much better to be safe than sorry when on the highway with 18-wheelers.
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