Semi trucks and other commercial vehicles play an important role in our state's economy. As these trucks comprise such a large part of the transportation system, ordinary motorists must often drive alongside or near these vehicles almost every day. Unfortunately, truck accidents do occur and may result in catastrophic injuries when smaller automobiles collide with such a formidable obstacle.
You probably already know that sometimes these accidents happen because the driver was negligent in his or her actions. In these cases, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and even your suffering. Most any personal injury lawyer would advocate on your behalf and help you navigate the West Virginia legal system. The attorneys with the Akers Law Offices are no exception. However, we also want to educate you on why semis present such a danger to motorists.
Driving a semi truck is a much different experience than operating a regular car or pickup. Drivers need extensive training on how to handle the truck as well as sufficient education about what conditions may increase the danger of a truck accident. Below are a few situations in which adequate training and education help semi operators avoid a truck accident.
-- Extreme weather: Understanding the dangers of bad weather and knowing how to respond accordingly is vital to avoiding an accident.
-- Approaching curves and turns: Large trucks need more room than smaller vehicles when turning onto other roads and even when taking tight curves. Drivers should be trained on how to manage these situations.
-- Obstacles and congested roads: To a truck driver, other automobiles and people are obstacles to avoid. As such, these drivers need to be taught how to calculate stopping distances in an emergency situation.
These three circumstances are just the tip of the iceberg. It is our hope that you as a regular car or truck driver can use this information to increase your awareness about large trucks and improve your safe driving skills. Please browse our personal injury pages to learn more.