Trucks are the lifeblood of our nation as nearly every sector of our economy depends on trucks to moves goods. Almost 3/4 of all freight transported in America is done by trucks by the 15.5 million trucks that travel the roads and highways of the U.S. each year.
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Two million of these fifteen million trucks are the big rig tractor-trailers. The maximum allowable weight of these CMVs (commercial motor vehicles) is 80,000 pounds spread over eighteen wheels. That’s 40 tons of metal moving at speeds of over 50 mph in close proximity to your motor vehicle when you travel on the highways of Georgia.
The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents take place in the U.S. annually. Accidents involving both cars and trucks are typically the fault of the driver of the passenger vehicle evidenced by the fact that they cause 75% of these accidents, while only 16% of all truck driving accidents is the fault of the truck driver.
CMVs such as large trucks and buses have operating limitations including large blind spots, long stopping distances, and limited maneuverability. As a result, other motorists much exercise extreme caution when sharing the road with these massive vehicles to ensure a safe ride.
Trucks have large blind spots around the front, back, and sides of the vehicle. It’s easy to move into a truck’s blind spot when changing lanes and merging with traffic. When the driver of a car approaches a truck and can’t see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirror, it’s likely that the truck driver can’t see the driver of the motor vehicle.
Cutting in front of another vehicle is always risky, but is even riskier when done ahead of a commercial bus or truck. Buses take 40% longer to stop than cars and SUVs. When changing lanes in front of a CMV, even if visible, you run the risk of the vehicle not being able to stop quickly enough to avoid a crash.
The auto accident attorneys at H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. have the experience and expertise to protect your rights if you’ve been involved in an accident with a commercial motor vehicle. Our office is located at 127 North Main Street in Statesboro, GA (30458). We proudly serve Bulloch County, as well as the surrounding counties of Candler, Evans, Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Screven, and Jenkins. Contact our office by telephone at 912-764-9616, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check us out online. We’re available to meet your legal needs Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM. The consultation is free!