\The number of accidents caused by 18-wheelers are much more, in percentage, than other vehicles. So, how do 18-wheeler crashes most commonly happen?
This includes activities like driving and messaging, talking with other passengers or on the phone, driving the vehicle while sleepy or just taking eyes away from the road. Remaining vigilant can prevent these accidents from occurring.
Driving at high speed:
Speeding is unarguably amongst the commonest traffic violations and nearly every driver is guilty of it sometime or the other. Drivers often fail to observe speeding limit signs, leading to disastrous consequences.
Abrupt changes in lanes:
Suddenly cutting ahead of an 8-wheeler is another cause of disaster. One should remember that heavy and large trucks require much longer distances for stopping than smaller vehicles.
Failing to stop:
Accidents occur when the driver of the 18-wheeler fails to cut down speed while approaching a stop sign or traffic light. Applying the brakes at the last moment does not help as the impetus and weight of the vehicle drags it quite a distance before it can stop.
Following too closely:
Following an 18-wheeler too closely is inviting danger, as the heavy vehicle cannot stop as quickly as lightweight vehicles can. It is imperative to maintain a safe distance as these huge commercial trucks outweigh passenger vehicles too much. Maintaining a safe distance can prevent such accidents from taking place.
Not observing environmental conditions:
The driver should drive at a speed lower than the speeding limits in adverse weather conditions, as the limits reflect driving speeds under ideal driving conditions. Glaring sunlight, fog, hail, rain, along with other temporary environmental conditions require drivers to slow down. Remember, tires do not grip the road properly when the latter is wet.
Driving in blind spots:
Most motorists are unaware of the extremely large blind spots (areas on the road that the driver of the vehicle cannot see through his vehicle’s windows or rearview mirrors) that 18-wheelers have. All vehicles have blind spots. Heavy vehicles like 18-wheelers have particularly large blind spots. Driving for a long period in such blind spots can lead to the trucker to forget your presence and ram his vehicle into yours.
Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol by the trucker is one of the major reasons that lead to accidents. As mentioned above, controlling a heavy vehicle requires more alertness on the part of the driver.
Turning with little room or too quickly can easily lead to a serious collision. This is particularly true in the case of heavy vehicles, as they are less maneuverable compared to smaller vehicles.
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