Many people feel unsafe driving around trucks due to common myths surrounding large trucks and truck drivers. However, dispelling some myths regarding driving near trucks may help you prevent being involved in a truck accident.
Myth #1 – Trucks Are Less Likely to Cause an Accident
Just because truck drivers must undergo additional testing for licenses does not necessarily mean they are safer drivers. The training to receive a commercial driver’s license is not as complicated as some would think. Additionally, truck drivers have similar challenges as other drivers such as distracted driving, driving while fatigued, failing to obey traffic laws or signs, and unfortunately driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In fact, due to the fatigue that most truck drivers face, truck drivers are oftentimes more likely to cause accidents on the roadways.
Myth #2 – Truck Drivers Are Used to Driving Without Sleep
Statistics show that any person, truck drivers included, who stay awake for more than 18 hours have delayed reflexes and judgment equivalent to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Truck drivers are required to follow very specific schedules that allow for rest breaks and sleep; however, many truck drivers fail to follow these regulations. Due to the pressure to make deliveries, and the fact that they are paid by the number of miles that they drive, many truck drivers do not follow these requirements and drive drowsy – putting their lives and the lives of others in danger on the roadways.
Myth #3 – Large Truck Mirrors Make Accidents Less Likely
Oftentimes, people believe that the large truck mirrors increase a truck driver’s visibility which leads to fewer accidents. However, due to the size of a large truck, these mirrors still encompass huge blind spots where a truck driver can simply not see other cars on the roadways. The best rule to follow is if you cannot see the truck driver in one of his or her mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you either.
Myth #4 – Trucking Companies Cannot Be Held Liable
Some people believe that trucking companies cannot be held responsible or liable for accidents that are caused by their truck drivers. There are several ways that trucking companies can be liable for accidents involving their drivers, including negligence in hiring, inadequate truck maintenance, or failure to comply with trucking regulations.
Contact a Trucking Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were in a car accident with a large truck, you may have the right to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Determining fault in a truck accident case is often fact-intensive and may require the opinion of an accident reconstruction expert. Even simple cases often involve extensive physical and financial damages. Contact The Law Office of Daniel A. Rose as soon as possible, and our experienced accident lawyers will help you build your personal injury case. Call for a free consultation today at 415-946-8900 or visit us online.