All road users share the responsibility for safety on Georgia roads. However, drivers of passenger vehicles, riders of motorcycles and bicycles, and pedestrians are at higher risks whenever they are driving, riding or walking near buses and big rigs. Understanding the challenges that commercial vehicle drivers face might help to avoid truck accidents.
The four most significant threats faced by operators of large trucks and buses include the sizes of the vehicles, maneuverability, longer stopping distance, and no-zones or blind spots. Many commercial vehicles weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles. For that reason, the consequences of an accident such as being rear-ended by a big rig are typically significantly more severe than in a tailgating crash caused by another passenger vehicle. The center of gravity of large vehicles requires drivers to slow down significantly when navigating ramps and curves because they fall over easily.
CMV operators also need more space to come to a halt, and cutting in front of them with smaller vehicles or stepping into the roadway might be fatal. Trucks are also less maneuverable, and leaving them extra space when they have to turn might also avoid accidents. The wind gusts they cause can compromise the ability of car drivers to control their vehicles, and small cars can be sucked into the space underneath semitrucks. Becoming familiar with the blind spots around trucks and buses is also crucial, for not only vehicle operators but also pedestrians.
While most commercial vehicle drivers take special care to drive safely, it is not always the case. Any victims of truck accidents that were caused by negligent operators might have grounds to pursue claims for financial relief. This is typically done with the support and guidance of an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney who can provide advocacy throughout the ensuing legal proceedings. Financial and emotional damages can form part of documented claims to be adjudicated by the court.