In 2009, an explosion at a synthetic quartz manufacturing plant sent a 100 lb. steel beam flying 650 feet across the interstate, fatally striking a 63-year old truck driver on the road. This highly unusual accident was actually caused by something quite common on the roads today.
The cause? Failure to perform routine maintenance and inspections. At the factory, a routine inspection would have revealed that the liner on the inner walls of the vessels were not preventing corrosion, which resulted in the explosion.
On the road, one of the leading causes of accidents with semi-trucks is faulty or worn out equipment. Tire blowouts are very dangerous yet common, leading to many accidents. These blowouts are usually the result of tread separation, worn tires, tires that are inflated too much or too little, or tires that are defective. And while these issues can easily be detected during an inspection, these signs are far too often ignored or overlooked.
Unfortunately, while we cannot personally inspect the tires of the vehicles around us, we still have to share the road with them. That is why it is important that we take extra precautions around tractor-trailers. These trucks often weigh 25-40 times more than your car, depending on what you drive, so any collision with a semi-truck can be potentially life-threatening and can cause quite a bit of damage. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident with one of these trucks.
You cannot treat semi-trucks like any other vehicle. They need more; more time to get going, more time to stop, more room to turn, and they take up more room on the road. They are also on the road a lot more than other vehicles, which means the drivers are potentially more tired than the average driver on the road.
Keep Your Distance
Because of this, you should give them more space. Don’t tailgate, stay visible, and if you’re going to pass them, do it quickly. The more space you give a semi-truck, the less likely you are going to be involved in an accident. The more adverse the driving conditions, the more space you should allow.
It can be easy to lose focus on the road, but it is vital to be sharp when driving around semi-trucks. Try to anticipate what they are doing on the road, and pay attention to other drivers and traffic patterns so that you can stay a step ahead in case of an emergency. Most importantly, be patient.
If you do this, you can avoid disaster on the road. If you have been involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer, Oldham & Smith can help you pursue fair compensation.
Contact us today for a free consultation, and we will help you get back on the road.