Commercial trucks seen on the roads are
much heavier and larger than normal passenger cars and this is one of the most
dangerous limitations of those vehicles, which makes driving near them
dangerous. Therefore, drivers of other vehicles need to exercise caution to
avoid the possibility of accidents with commercial trucks. Safe driving must be
practiced by drivers while they share the roads with big trucks.
Dangers of Driving Near Commercial Trucks
Semi-trucks often have increased dangers
of driving around them, which can often lead to hazards. Some of the hazards
including passenger cars and semi-trucks include:
Semi-trucks often have many blind spots
that extend on their front, back and sides for long ranges. Most truck drivers
would not be able to see other vehicles that are on the road in these blind
spots. This makes it very dangerous to drive them.
Distance and Stopping Time
Semi-trucks take a longer time to slow
down and stop due to their heavy size and weight. For the same reason, these
trucks will not be able to stop suddenly when something occurs all on a sudden.
Commercial trucks will not be able to
react to traffic situations quickly, mainly because of their size. Making
changes in the lane and merging with it takes a longer time for a commercial
vehicle when compared to passenger vehicles on the road.
Commercial trucks on roads need more time
to turn safely, especially to turn to the right side of the road. Make sure not
to put your car on the way of a truck
that is turning to a side road.
The trailers of commercial trucks are
capable of acting almost like a sail. These trailers can be blown over during
heavy winds that can result in a collision.
Always make sure to offer plenty of
distance while driving in front or next to commercial vehicles as they need
more space for turning, changing the lane, etc. Also, make sure to avoid
turning from inner lanes that are next to the trucks. There are chances for your
vehicle to get squeezed if trucks take a turn, as these trucks need up to
fifty-five feet to make turns.
Motorbike accidents can and do occur any time,
but in some times of the day, the possibility of being part of one drastically goes
up. You cannot always avoid riding in these times when the risk for an accident
is high, but you should know the hazards and ride much more safely.
Riding a Motorbike Least Safe?
As per accident statistics from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most fatal accidents happen
between 03:00 pm and 12:00 pm on weekends. The possibility of entering a fatal collision
is more than double from 03:00 pm to 09:00 pm, a period where 42% of fatalities
The tendency for non-fatal motorbike crashes
follows a comparable pattern. The Administration found that over 21,000 injurious
motorbike accidents happened in the same period. That is almost 25% of all injury-causing
collisions that occur throughout the week. Riding a motorcycle is the most dangerous
any day between 03:00 pm and 09:00 pm.
Skew the Accident Risk
The above-mentioned numbers do not give a
clear idea about the risk which riders actually face in the weekend. Many more
crashes occur in the week, but there is an even greater concentration of collisions
on weekends. Those NHTSA statistics reveal that 2015 saw more than 2,400 fatal motorbike
accidents during the weekend days compared to 2,556 during the whole week. That
is almost the same number of fatalities happening in only two days.
for This Fatal Time Crunch
Knowing that almost every motorcycle
accident happens from 03:00 to 09:00 pm is not enough. You should understand
the causative elements behind this combination of motorbike accidents. The combination
of things that leads to this phenomenon includes the following.
Rush Hour Traffic
A large number of individuals go back
home from their workplaces between 03:00 pm and 06:00 pm. It is among the
busiest times across America in terms of traffic on main highways. Naturally,
more traffic translates to more danger. It can mean frustration, bad decisions,
aggressiveness, and other such behaviors which increase the possibility of
motorbike accidents in this period. When possible, change your commute to avoid
riding in rush hour and a potential accident.
Rush hour is a risk
factor, but not the only one. It is likely for riding conditions to quickly
deteriorate as the sun sets and it becomes a cooler atmosphere. In this time, the
fog rolls off the sea, when snow, mixed precipitation and rain are likelier to fall
as the asphalt temperature changes. If riders are not ready to, or they cannot respond
to such atmospheric changes, then they could lose control of the bike.
It is unfortunate
that between 03:00 pm and 12:00 pm, there are more impaired drivers than at
other times on the road. As per NHTSA’s accident information, alcohol-involved deadly
crashes increases from just below 4,000 from 12:00 pm to 03:00 pm to nearly
5,000 from 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm. This increase stays steady up to about 12:00
pm, which is when these numbers start to come down again. Unsurprisingly, the period
when a greater number of motorbike accidents occur coincides with the impaired
driver period. This is one of the popular times to ride, so if you cannot avoid
hitting the road this time, then stay visible and vigilant.
This period when the
majority of motorbike accidents happen coincides with sun setting. In addition
to driver impairment and speed, another common factor that contributes to motorbike
collisions in California is decreased visibility. Therefore, bike riders are told
to wear bright-colored clothing, leave lots of space to maneuver between cars, use
the lights properly, and think that other motorists do not spot them always.
You Must Do What Is Needed to Ensure Everyone’s Safety
In an ideal world, one
could just stay home to avoid motorbike accidents at these risky periods, but this
is not how things are done. The second best thing to do is to know the common reasons
for and the factors that contribute to motorbike accidents, and what can be
done to avoid these collisions.
Several motorcycle accidents involve some
rider responsibility aspects, but remember that other drivers are at fault in 60%
of these collisions. It is not at all your fault when:
An automobile driver does not see you;
He or she behaves aggressively or angrily during a jam; and,
He or she chooses to drive when impaired.
As a motorcycle accident victim, you have
legal rights and may be able to seek compensation for damages from those who
caused your injuries. When your accident happened will not affect your right to
sue. Speak to a vehicle accident lawyer to clarify whether you have the right
to do so.
Driverless vehicles are becoming increasingly
common on the roadways, so there has been a spike in car accidents involving
these automobiles. When a pedestrian or driver is injured in one such accident,
the victim might just not know who is responsible for their accident.
The injured victim can file a lawsuit
against the business behind the autonomous vehicle for damages that result from
the accident. If an autonomous car is a reason for the accident, then the
injured person might just have a valid claim for compensation under California product
liability laws. In the case a driver uses the autopilot mode at the time their
vehicle gets into an accident, he or she may also be responsible.
The victim may be entitled to file an
injury lawsuit to receive compensation for damages, including the following.
Pain and suffering;
Property damage; and,
If one is killed in an autonomous automobile
accident, their family members may be eligible to file a lawsuit of wrongful
death. The loved ones of the deceased may claim for damages, including the ones
Loss of support due to the demise of a family member; and,
Loss of earnings from the decedent
Now, comes the tricky question: “how does
one prove who is at fault for an autonomous vehicle accident?”
Every single party who is involved in it
may have their own account regarding what induced the accident. However,
self-driving auto accidents maybe even more complicated as it may not be clear
if the vehicle’s software or system is to blame for it.
Disputed vehicle accident claims may need
an investigation by both the concerned insurer and the attorneys of each party.
In a self-driving auto accident claim, the investigation may need experts to look
at the evidence and accident information to find out what caused it.
Your injury lawyer will look into the
matter, and they may have the case reviewed by expert engineers. Then, that person
can provide an expert’s take on the reason for the accident to happen. The
expert can be called to the court to testify to explain his or her view to the
Besides the fatal autonomous automobile
accidents, there have also been numerous near-misses involving autos operating in
semi-autonomous modes. All vehicles running on the road could just lead to a
severe accident or injure cyclists or pedestrians. Even truck accident
incidences involve autonomous rigs; suffice to say, driverless does not mean