Speeding Semi-Trucks Pose a Significant Risk of Injury to the Public
Speeding is one of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents in the United States. The momentum of an 80,000-pound vehicle traveling at 70 miles-per-hour or more can easily destroy almost anything in its path. Unfortunately, speeding truck drivers are a common sight on Florida highways and continue to engage in this risky behavior in spite of the clear risks that driving above the posted speed limit poses to the general public.
Unfortunately, many truck drivers are incentivized by their employers or clients to get to their destination as quickly as possible, which makes it very tempting to speed or to violate regulations that limit the amount driving they may do in a given period. In many cases, the fact that a truck driver was violating laws or regulations1 is legally sufficient to establish legal liability, meaning that anyone that was injured by the truck driver’s conduct can often receive compensation for their injuries. Anyone who has been injured in a Clearwater truck accident should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to determine whether he or she has a valid claim. To discuss your accident with one of our truck accident attorneys, please call our office today at (727) 451-6900.
What makes a speeding semi-truck so dangerous?
Many people regularly drive in excess of the posted speed limit, usually without incident. In addition, most speeders are likely more concerned about getting a traffic ticket than they are about being involved in an accident. Consequently, many people may not understand why a speeding semi-truck poses such a high risk of injury. Semi-trucks are built much differently than smaller vehicles and can weigh as much as 20 to 30 times as much as most passenger vehicles on the road. Some of the reasons that a speeding semi-truck is particularly dangerous are detailed below:
– Significantly increased stopping distances – Semi-trucks are extremely massive vehicles and can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. As a result, it is much more difficult to stop a moving truck than it is a smaller vehicle. When a truck travels in excess of the speed limit, it can have an adverse effect on the trucks ability to stop and avoid obstacles or other vehicles in its path, thereby increasing the risk of an accident.
– Truck tires are not made for excessive speed – All vehicles have limits as to how fast they can safely travel. According to a story2 published by the Associated Press, most large truck tires are not designed to travel in excess of 75 miles-per-hour. When trucks speed, therefore, it can significantly increase the risk of tire blowouts and wrecks.
– Increased difficulty controlling the vehicle – Speeding makes vehicles harder to control. Not only do drivers have less time to react to road conditions and unexpected situations, a quickly moving vehicle is often harder to turn and may become less maneuverable at high speed.
– Increase rollover or jackknife risk – Semi-trucks are already at risk for rollover accidents due to their relatively high center of gravity. In addition, because of the coupling device between the cab and the trailer, semi-trucks are also at risk for jackknife accidents, which occur when the trailer folds against the cab like a folding knife. High speeds increase the risk of both of these kinds of accidents.
Contact the Dolman Law Group today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Clearwater truck accident lawyers
Truck driver negligence injures tens of thousands of people each year and sometimes leaves victims with significant and life-long medical complications. Fortunately, in many instances, Florida tort law allows people who have been injured by the negligence of a truck driver or his or her employer to recover financial compensation by filing a legal claim. At the Dolman Law Group, our Clearwater truck accident attorneys work closely with our clients and work hard to ensure that we hold the parties responsible for your injuries accountable in a court of law. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please call our office today at (727) 451-6900.
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