Semi-trucks and tractor trailers are the most dangerous vehicles on the road. They are so much larger than all of the other vehicles on the roadways that accidents involving these trucks can be devastating. These accidents are also fairly common. About 500,000 accidents involving semi-trucks or tractor trailers occur each year.
A big reason that there are so many accidents involving these vehicles is that their large size brings a lot of disadvantages. These trucks have significant blind spots that can cause problems for the truck drivers and others on the road. They also have to make very wide turns in order to stay in the appropriate lane as they move from one street or highway to another.
Wide turns cause a lot of accidents. If a vehicle is alongside a semi-truck when it is preparing to turn, the driver might not be able to see it. If a truck driver does not paying adequate attention to the traffic when approaching a traffic light or intersection, they may not realize there is another vehicle in the way of making their turn. This most often happens when a semi-truck is trying to make a right hand turn from the next lane to the left in order to take the turn wide enough.
Wide turns can also cause accidents in other ways. If the truck driver does not maneuver the vehicle appropriately, the truck could crash into other vehicles in the intersection or at the brink of the intersection of the roads they are navigating.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to these accidents. The accidents could be caused by the driver’s negligence in operating the large vehicle. The accident could also stem from inappropriate training of the driver. Because there are so many parties involved with these trucks, the liability for accidents caused by semi-trucks can be complicated to sort out.
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