One of the worst possible collisions to get into is one with a large truck. Large truck drivers know that they have to be more cautious because of the size of their vehicles, but they aren't always as careful as they should be.
There are many reasons why there are so many large truck accidents. While some are caused by other drivers, many are a result of truck drivers making mistakes.
What are some common causes of large truck crashes?
Some common causes of large truck crashes include:
- Drowsiness from a lack of sleep
- Mechanical malfunctions
- Aggressive driving behaviors
- Failure to see drivers in their blind spots
- Daydreaming or being dazed from working long hours
With each of these is the possibility of a truck driver causing a collision with a smaller vehicle or pedestrian.
What can people do to help avoid a truck crash?
There are a few things that you can do to help avoid truck crashes. For instance, if you are riding alongside a truck, you should try to get ahead where it's easy to see you or back off so that there is space between your vehicle and the rear of the truck.
Another thing you can do is to slow down over time if there is a large truck behind you. Large trucks can't stop as quickly as smaller vehicles, so giving the driver more time to slow down is important.
You can also make sure you report any unusual driving behaviors from truck drivers. Did you see a semi go off the road in Alamosa and hit the rumble strips before reentering the lane? Is the driver speeding and aggressively riding on the tail of other vehicles? Call the police, they can come and check on the driver to make sure they're being safe.
Truck crashes are among the worst that can happen because of the size discrepancy between a smaller car or pedestrian and a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. In a crash, it's more likely for people to suffer serious injuries or to die from the force of the collision. Don't be afraid to speak up and ask for help from the police if you see a dangerous truck driver. It's your right to back away, pull over or otherwise get out of the way of any truck on the roads, so that you know you have a lower likelihood of getting hit.