Heavy Traffic Increases Risk for a Truck Accident
Large trucks are dangerous. While many drivers of these vehicles use caution to prevent wrecks and their resulting injuries, this is not always the case. The truth is that trucks often cause accidents with smaller vehicles on area roadways—especially when traffic is heavy—which can have devastating consequences for you and your family. If you’ve been in an accident with a large truck while in heavy traffic, it’s important you understand how these accidents happen and how an attorney can help you.
Heavy Traffic Affects Large Trucks
Houston roads are especially full of large trucks. This is because area roadways move east-west across the state, as well as north-south—to and from the port cities such as Galveston. Trucks can cause devastating accidents at nearly any time. However, they are more likely at some times than others. One of these times is when traffic is congested. The reasons for this include:
- Poor visibility. Truckers rely heavily on their mirrors to execute lane changes. However, if traffic is heavy—especially if other large trucks are on the road—visibility may be dramatically limited.
- Wider loads on tight roads. Some trucks carry wider loads than others, and navigating such a large truck with such a large load can be more difficult when the driver has limited space to move.
- Blind spots. The larger the truck, the larger the blind spots. And when traffic is congested, it can be difficult to see if a lane-change or turn is safe.
- Negligent or drunk driving. Unfortunately, truck drivers may drive recklessly, drive while distracted, or even drive while intoxicated—just like drivers of passenger vehicles. However, because of the sheer size of semi-trucks, the potential for injuries and damages is more severe.
Consult With a Trustworthy Lawyer
Negligent truck drivers have no excuse for causing an accident. They work with a small margin of error, and even a slight mistake can have serious consequences. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a large truck in heavy traffic, it’s important you contact attorney Steve Lee and his legal team—so start a live online chat on our website today.