Sharing the road with large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, can be scary. When traveling at high rates of speed, such as on interstate highways, an accident with one of these trucks will almost always result in fatalities. Many drivers have reported that they have actually been run off of the road by large trucks. Although many drivers escape from these incidents relatively unharmed, others may be seriously injured or even killed.
Why would trucks run a vehicle off of the road? Unfortunately, there are a number of situations in which a truck driver may send another car off of the road—and they are largely due to negligence.
The blind spots on a large truck are tremendous when compared to the blind spots on a regular car. For example, the blind spot in front of a truck may be up to 20 feet long. There are also large blind spots on either side of the truck that may extend all the way to the end of the truck. Behind the truck, a blind spot may reach 30 feet in length. However, truck drivers and trucking companies may take certain measures to reduce the sizes of their blind spots. They may add additional mirrors to their trucks and they may add certain devices that warn a truck driver when a car is in a blind spot. In addition, a truck driver should remain alert and vigilant while traveling to reduce the odds of hitting a car in the blind spot.
Trucks may also veer into another lane, sending cars off of the side of the road, if they cannot stop in time for another vehicle or some other object in the road. This may occur if the truck is traveling too fast for conditions, or if the driver was not paying close attention to the road in front of him.
Distracted driving may also lead to an accident. If a truck driver is texting, looking at a GPS, or changing a radio station, he or she may drift into another lane. Drivers may run off of the road to avoid colliding with the truck.
Driving under the influence is another reason that a truck driver may run a car off of the road. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs judgment, blurs vision, causes dizziness, and increases drowsiness. A truck driver may not be able to stay in his or her lane if too much alcohol has been consumed or if drugs have been taken. These drivers risk their own lives and the lives of others when they take these substances and get behind the wheel of a massive truck.
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