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3 things new drivers should know about big rigs

Now that you have your driver's license, you probably want to go everywhere and do everything. It is important that you ensure you are driving in a safe manner so that you and your passengers have a good chance of getting back home in one piece. Unfortunately, you can't control everyone on the roadway. There is a chance that other drivers might do things that can lead to accidents. When you share the road with semitrucks, you are facing some very serious risks. Understanding some basic points about these trucks might help you to avoid crashes with semitrucks.

Tractor-trailers are difficult to maneuver

Semitrucks aren't as easy to maneuver as passenger vehicles. They can be as long as 65 feet and can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. This means that they are hard to stop and might need extra room to turn. The size also means that they have considerable blind spots. Some truckers need to cut left in order to turn right. They need extra time to stop. If a passenger vehicle is going 55 miles per hour, it takes 130 to 140 feet to stop. The stopping distance at that speed for a big rig is 190 to 200 feet if the brakes aren't overworked. If the brakes are overworked, it can take 450 feet for the truck to stop. With all of this in mind, you should avoid cutting off a semitruck because the consequences could be deadly.

Trucker error can be deadly

Truckers have to keep their focus on the road. Becoming distracted or getting fatigued could lead to accidents. Commercial drivers are strictly forbidden from texting and driving. This doesn't mean that all drivers follow this law; however, when texting or using a cellphone leads to an accident, that can be considered if the victim opts to seek compensation. Other trucker errors include failing to properly secure the load and failing to follow the traffic laws. A trucker who doesn't drive with the flow of traffic, which includes driving for the current conditions, can also pose a hazard to others on the roads.

Claims for compensation are likely possible

If you are injured in a crash that was caused by semtruck, you might choose to seek compensation. This could help you to cover the costs of medical bills and other expenses that you have to deal with because of the accident. Determining the cause of the crash and finding out whom you can hold liable for your dam ages are critical in these cases.

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