Truck drivers must be aware of the limitations of their vehicles at all times. They make wide turns, for example, that can cause accidents. They have significant blind spots not shared by other vehicles. All of this makes driving a truck vastly different from driving a car, and an inexperienced or negligent driver can injure others if he or she makes serious mistakes.
One of the major differences is that a truck takes much farther to stop than a passenger car. In fact, it probably takes a truck much longer to stop than you realize.
Nearly twice the stopping distance is necessary
An easy way to think about this is that it takes close to two football fields for a truck to come to a full stop if the truck was moving at 65 mph. That is, of course, assuming that road conditions are excellent, that the braking system on the truck is in good condition, etc. Technically, some experts say this should take 525 feet.
A passenger car, on the other hand, usually just takes around 300 feet to stop. There are many reasons for this, with weight being perhaps the most important. A passenger car probably weighs around 4,000 pounds, even with passengers inside. The truck, on the other hand, can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. This is such a massive difference that it’s impressive that it doesn’t take an even greater distance for the truck to stop.
What if a negligent truck driver hits you?
A truck driver who is not paying attention and who does not apply the brakes in time can suddenly find themselves facing a rear-end accident that they can’t avoid. If you’re injured in a crash like this, you need to know what legal steps to take to seek compensation.