Following too close and truck accidents

Big truck following to closely

One of the major causes of truck accidents is a big rig following too closely the traffic in front of it. Failing to maintain an assured safe distance or “tailgating” is particularly dangerous with tractor-trailers. Rear-end truck accidents are common in Texas.

18- Wheelers Take Longer to Stop!

It is well known and verified in study after study that semi trucks take much longer than passenger vehicles to come to a complete stop. A big rig can take up to 525 feet to come to a complete stop at 65 mph. On the other hand, at 65 mph, a passenger car can come to a complete stop at 316 feet.

Reaction Time

The reaction time for truck drivers and passenger car drivers or the same, however with a large vehicle and different braking systems, big trucks take longer to stop. Trucks with braking systems that have not been properly maintained or adjusted can exacerbate the problem and result in much worse accidents.

When you combine the increased stopping distance with the injury potential of an 80,000-pound vehicle, you have a prescription for disaster when a big rig is following too closely to the traffic in front of it.

Snarled Traffic Makes Matters Worse!

In communities such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, or Austin, the traffic congestion can make it much more difficult for a truck driver to maintain a safe distance from vehicles.

One common scenario is that traffic suddenly stops on a well-traveled highway in a major metropolitan area, and the pickup trucks and passenger cars come to a complete stop. At the same time, the 18-wheeler cannot stop in the time given because it takes approximately 1/3 longer to come to a complete stop.

Even Low-Speed Impacts can be Serious

Under this fact pattern, even an impact at 20 mph with a big truck can cause very serious injury or even result in a fatality. Low-speed impacts with semi trucks can have the same injury potential as a high-speed car-to-car impact. The big trucks move through passenger cars like a hot knife through butter.

If you have been injured in a truck accident where an 18-wheeler rear-ended you, and you sustained a serious injury, you may want to contact a law firm that handles big rig accidents is a major part of their practice.

Early investigation can often preserve important evidence, and inspection of the big rig can reveal whether or not the brakes of the semi-truck were in proper operating condition at the time of the accident.

Texas juries have not been tolerant of trucking companies or truck drivers that fail to follow the safety rules that apply to them. Look for a Houston car accident lawyer if you have been hurt in a car accident.

To speak with leading truck accident attorneys, call the Baumgartner Law Firm for a no-obligation consultation- Toll-Free at 1-866-758-4529.

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