Over the decades, the life of a trucker has been romanticized in popular culture. Truck drivers get to explore the countryside while being paid for it. However, as many people in Texas are aware, the life of a truck driver is not always so carefree. You probably encounter large trucks every day you are on the road, and you know that often, semi-trucks can be dangerous. The trucker lifestyle may contribute in part to this danger.
Some people dismiss intuition, saying it means little, but when you are driving next to a big rig that keeps edging closer to your car, thoughts of impending disaster might surface.
Larger trucks that the public can rent short-term for personal or commercial use can be convenient. These rentals are often box trucks such as U-Hauls, giving consumers in Texas and elsewhere a cost-effective alternative to hiring a moving company or paying someone to haul garbage to the landfill. While the box truck rental industry provides a valuable service, it may also be dangerous to the customers who are driving them or for those sharing the roads.
At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, PC, in Texas, we know how unnerving it can be to share the road, highway or freeway with 18-wheelers. They are so much larger and heavier than your passenger vehicle that you know you and your passengers are at great risk of serious injury or death should you crash into one that jackknifes right in front of you.
Getting involved in a truck accident is probably one of the most terrifying things you can imagine. As you know, in a duel between a big rig and your vehicle, your car will likely end up the loser. Unfortunately, there are many truck accidents in Texas and elsewhere that result in serious injuries or worse. Truck rollovers are one of the accident risks you face when you share the highways with large commercial 18-wheelers.
As a Texan who spends a good part of your day on the road going to and from work, appointments, errands and taking your kids to and from their numerous activities, you know about distracted drivers. You see them all around you doing other things while driving their passenger vehicles or 18-wheelers.
When a Texas passenger vehicle crashes into the back or side of a huge 18-wheeler, the results can be catastrophic for its occupants. As reported by Forbes, because the bottom of the truck’s trailer is so high off the ground, the much smaller passenger vehicle often continues its forward motion after the initial impact, sliding underneath the trailer.
One of the problems for large trucks driving down Texas highways is that they have a larger blind spot than many other vehicles. Cars that drive into these blind spots are at major risk for collisions and auto accidents. While truck blind spots cannot be fully eliminated, there are ways that truck drivers can minimize their vehicle's blind spots.
Truck drivers are not the only ones at risk in accidents involving semi-trucks and tractor trailers in San Antonio. Due to the massive size of these vehicles, the drivers of the smaller vehicles they collide with often face greater danger. Indeed, information shared by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that, of the 3,986 people killed in large truck accidents in 2016, 66 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles. Truckers may not always appreciate just how much their actions can put others at risk. This may allow them to do things that, while seemingly benign in others lines of work, can actually cause great danger.
Texas drivers are all too familiar with what it is like to be in the middle of a long double lane of semitrailer trucks on the freeways. It is frustrating at best and can be catastrophic at worst.