Why Are 18-Wheelers So Dangerous?
San Antonio is a hub for the 18-wheelers that deliver goods to the city, state, and the entire country. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines a large truck as any vehicle with a gross weight of 10,001 pounds or more. Still, when fully loaded an 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, approximately 30 times that of a standard passenger vehicle.
The massive size of these vehicles is largely what makes them so dangerous, as the weight impacts nearly every function within the truck. Below, our San Antonio 18-wheeler accident lawyer outlines what makes these vehicles so dangerous.
The Dangers of 18-Wheelers
The size and weight of commercial trucks impacts many of the operations that happen within a truck. The weight of a tractor-trailer results in one taking between 20 to 40 times longer than other vehicles to come to a full stop. When a truck driver speeds or follows another vehicle too closely, they may not have enough time to stop, crashing into another vehicle that must suddenly apply their brakes.
Commercial trucks are also much harder to maneuver than smaller vehicles. As such, turning is particularly difficult, as trucks need a wider berth. Truck drivers should never enter another lane when they are making turns, but that does not mean it does not happen. Additionally, truck drivers should also ensure there are no vehicles at the side of the truck that can become crushed if a turn is made improperly.
Lastly, trucks have very large blind spots on all four sides. Even when using the many mirrors on a truck, drivers may not always see vehicles in blind spots. Or, they may fail to properly check their blind spots and cause a serious accident.
Human Error is the Biggest Danger On 18-Wheelers
The biggest danger on 18-wheelers is human error. Although trucks are very large and heavy, they should be manufactured in a manner that is still safe to operate them. Inexperienced truck drivers may not have the necessary expertise or skill to safely operate a truck. Truckers may also remain on the road longer than is allowed by law, which is 11 hours. When a truck driver is fatigued, they may not be able to properly focus on the road, which can easily result in an accident.
It is not only truck drivers who pose a danger to others on the road. Human error can also occur during the manufacturing process, resulting in a defective truck or truck part. A faulty braking system, for example, can cause a very serious truck accident.
Our 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney in San Antonio Can Help After a Crash
If you have been seriously hurt in a crash, our San Antonio 18-wheeler accident attorney can advise you of your legal options. At the Law Office of Israel Garcia, our experienced attorney can determine who is liable for your injuries and will hold them fully responsible for paying the maximum compensation you deserve. Call us today at 210-LAW-9999 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more.