Drivers likely fear the very idea of getting involved in an accident. While all accidents prove worrisome, collisions with oversized trucks might concern Georgia drivers the most. Yes, an accident with another car brings with it the potential for fatalities, but the dangers associated with a truck crash might be worse. Tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks are so massive that they might inflict a tremendous amount of damage.
Truck accidents and their dangers
A tractor-trailer’s immense size is not the only element of concern. Drivers must operate these vehicles differently to reduce the chances of vehicle crashes. For example, a tractor-trailer’s braking distance is significant, and last-minute stops may be incredibly challenging when a truck travels at 55 MPH or more. And what about all the gear required to move the truck? They add to the driver’s difficulties.
Regulators understand truck drivers spend far more time on the road than the average person. Commercial trucks may find themselves traveling 2,000 miles to deliver their cargo, which means they drive for hours on end. Federal and state laws mandate breaks to curtail fatigue-related crashes. Unfortunately, not every driver adheres to the rules.
Negligence and truck accidents
Not only could a truck driver and the driver’s employer violate federal regulations, but both could ignore routine maintenance on the vehicles. Allowing a truck with mechanical problems on the road could be negligence.
The same would be true about committing moving violations, driving while intoxicated, embracing distractions, and otherwise becoming a danger on the road. Yet, some drivers seemingly don’t care. They may assume their insurance will cover everything. Whether an accurate assessment or not, insurance companies might try to avoid paying.