Driving in close proximity to semi-trucks in Ohio can be nerve-wracking to even the bravest, most experienced motorists. The most obvious cause of this fear is the sheer size of these massive vehicles and the devastation they can cause when they are driven negligently. Although truckers go through extensive training and testing, and they are subjected to a number of regulations, they still can fail to operate their vehicles in a way that ensures other motorists’ safety.
One reason is because far too many individuals fail to consider the increased distance needed by semi-trucks to come to a safe stop. Whereas a car may be up to 18 feet in length and weigh as much as 4,000 pounds, a semi-truck may be 65 feet and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When these vehicles are traveling at 40 mph, a semi-truck will need an additional 45 feet to safely stop. Increase that speed to 65, and the difference becomes more than 500 feet, nearly the length of a football field.
Making matters worse is the fact that there are a number of factors that can decrease a trucker’s reaction time and increase his or her stopping distance. Distraction, intoxication and fatigue can all cause delayed reactions, which could mean the difference between stopping safely and ramming full speed into the rear end of a slowed or stopped vehicle.
Those who are injured in truck accidents caused by negligent drivers can be left with significant damages. They may suffer physical injuries that leave them subjected to extensive pain and suffering, as well as impaired physical abilities for the long-term. Additionally, these individuals can be hit with significant financial damages, like medical expenses and lost wages. Fortunately, these victims may be able to recover compensation for their damages by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. To learn more about how to impose liability and fight for the compensation one deserves.