Motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable to hazards on the road. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 5,014 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes in 2019. One of motorcyclists’ greatest hazards on the road is large trucks. Continue reading to find out why motorcycle riders need to be careful around trucks.
Large 18-wheeler trucks have major blind spots that make it difficult for truck drivers to notice cars and motorcycles. A good tip to remember is if you can’t see the truck driver through their side-view mirror, they can’t see you either.
It takes truck drivers nearly double the time to break compared to a passenger vehicle. A car traveling at a speed of 65 miles per hour would take 300 feet to stop, whereas a fully-loaded 18-wheeler would need 525 feet to stop. If a truck driver fails to see motorcycle cutting lanes, it could result in a tragic accident.
Motorcyclists should be extra cautious around trucks – especially at night. Truck drivers are often required to drive for long periods of time, resulting in drowsy driving. Drowsy driving slows down reaction and break times.
Motorcycles aren’t only prone to risks around large trucks. They are vulnerable in rain and snowy weather conditions and even around negligent passenger vehicle drivers. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, our team at Daspit Law Firm is here to help you. The time after an accident can be difficult--especially if you have extensive medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional distress. We have helped those injured in motorcycle accidents recover the compensation they deserve. Let our team guide you through these challenging times.
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