In 2008, large commercial trucks accounted for 4% of registered vehicles, and 8% of all miles travelled in the US. However, 11% of fatal motor vehicle crashes involved large trucks. One of the leading causes of semi truck accidents is brake problems. 29% of truck drivers reported brakes as being a factor in their crashes.
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Bachus & Schanker, LLC has compiled the above diagram to increase the understanding of tractor trailer accidents and their causes. The drivers of large trucks usually survive their accidents, regardless of which vehicle caused it. In fact, 74% of fatalities in truck crashes were passenger vehicle occupants in 2008. It is important for passenger vehicle drivers to understand that the stopping distance of semi trucks is affected by several factors.
Truckers need to be aware of the condition of their brakes, and inspect and adjust them before and after every trip. There is no way to know if a brake is out of adjustment from feel alone; truck operators must properly measure the stroke distance.
Factors Affecting Large Truck Stopping Distance
Speed the truck is driving
Tire type and condition
Weight of the load the truck is hauling, and
Condition and safety of brakes
In addition, truckers need to be careful of how brakes are applied in mountainous regions such as Colorado. Passenger vehicle drivers should give semi trucks and tractor trailors more space when travelling in high country.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Colorado truck accident, contact the attorneys at Bachus & Schanker, LLC, LLC to learn more about your rights and how we can help. Call for a free consultation.