How many times have you driven through Kansas City and found yourself next to a semi-truck? Probably more times than you are comfortable with. Riding near a large commercial truck, especially when the lanes are narrow or there is construction, can be incredibly nerve-wracking.
While it is often difficult to avoid sharing the road with a semi-truck, there are things you can do to increase your safety. The first is understanding some of the common causes of truck accidents. If you know what these are, then you can be aware when they occur and take steps to avoid becoming involved in a collision.
Passenger vehicles are one of the leading causes of truck accidents. You have probably seen other drivers cutting truckers off, riding directly in the “No-Zone” or blind spot, misjudging a turning truck’s speed or not accounting for crosswinds. The main problem is that many drivers do not fully comprehend the limitations of large trucks. They need more time and distance to slow down and come to a stop. They also need more time and distance to speed up. They cannot swerve or make sudden adjustments in an instant as a sedan can. If you see someone driving dangerously around a semi, the best you can do is to get out of the immediate vicinity as soon as possible.
While truck drivers generally have training in operating such a large cargo vehicle, it does not make all of them safe drivers. Many of them often speed to keep ahead of delivery deadlines. Some also skimp on sleep which leads to driver fatigue. Also, improper loading can also cause a tragic accident if the load comes loose or causes the truck to be too top-heavy. Like any other machine, a truck can also malfunction and end in a collision.
By understanding the most common causes of truck accidents, you can decrease your risk of a wreck. Unfortunately, it is sometimes impossible to avoid every accident. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to an accident with a semi-truck, contact a Kansas City truck accident attorney and you might be able to file a claim for compensation.