Commercial trucks are larger and heavier than other types of vehicles on the road, which can make it difficult for these vehicles to come to a complete stop. Semitrailers, due to their large size and weight, have the capability of causing significant damage to smaller vehicles in the event of a crash. One of the main factors in many accidents in Louisiana involving large trucks is stopping distance. These types of vehicles typically take longer to come to a complete stop.
If you are the victim of an accident involving a large truck, you are experiencing firsthand the complication and difficulty associated with these types of motor vehicle accidents. The aftermath of these events can be complicated, but you may have grounds to pursue recourse through the civil justice system. The first step in this process is to carefully investigate the accident to determine what factors played a role in what happened to you.
Speed and other factors that impact stopping distance
Larger vehicles will take more time to come to a complete stop, especially when they are traveling at elevated rates of speed. Statistics indicate that it can take a truck 40% more time to come to a stop than a smaller vehicle. Factors that can impact stopping distance include speed, weather, the individual braking system in the truck and more. Another factor that can impact the distance required for a truck to come to a complete stop is the load in the truck and how much it weighs.
It is the responsibility of every semi-trailer operator to know how to safely come to a complete stop. One important safety step is to only travel the speed limit and drive with extra caution during times of bad weather or heavy traffic. One moment of distraction, driving a few miles over the speed limit or lack of training can all affect stopping distance and contribute to truck accidents.
Your rights as a victim
If you are the victim of a truck accident, you may have grounds to pursue legal recourse. You will benefit from seeking guidance regarding the options available to you, which may include a civil claim. An assessment of your accident can determine what steps will be most practical and beneficial in your effort to secure appropriate compensation and recovery.