Semi trucks on Colorado’s roadways are not an unusual sight. These massive vehicles can be seen zooming down interstates and around tight mountainous roads on a daily basis. Fortunately, these vehicles are often driven with care. However, far too often they are driven negligently which puts other motorists in harm’s way. When a negligent trucker causes a car accident, the results can be catastrophic. Physical injuries, emotional damages, and financial losses are all very real possibilities in the aftermath of these crashes.
One reason truck accidents are so devastating is because their size can destroy vehicles and anything or anybody inside. This is why truckers need to be aware of the increased stopping distances that are necessary to bring such a huge vehicle to a safe stop. Whereas a car may only be up to 18 feet in length and weigh up to 4000 pounds, a semi-truck can be as long as 53 feet and weigh as much is 80,000 pounds. This means that a semi truck traveling at 65 mph will require 525 feet in order to come to a complete stop compared to just 316 feet for the average passenger vehicle. Truckers who fail to take this increased distance into account can wind up rear ending slowed or stopped traffic, or even hitting a pedestrian.
There are many factors that contribute to stopping distance. Reaction time is one of the biggest. Therefore, a trucker who is intoxicated, distracted, or fatigued may require an even greater distance in order to come to a stop. As most people realize, there are some instances where no amount of distance will allow a trucker to stop safely. Truckers you fall asleep at the wheel, for example, will not even know when to hit the brakes. They will simply slam into whatever is in their way.
That simple thought is terrifying, but it is one that far too many individuals have had to live through. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, while about money, is also about much more. Many people who are successful on these claims find that imposing liability provides them with a sense of justice and closure. Therefore, those who have been injured in a truck accident should carefully consider whether to take legal action as compensation, accountability, and closure may be available.