Semi-trucks drive on public roadways across California, and many drivers of smaller vehicles come in proximity to tractor-trailers. Unfortunately, there are many instances of collisions between semi-trucks and cars. Therefore, drivers should be cautious when traveling. Some may benefit from not driving too close or even near a tractor-trailer, if possible.
Semi-trucks and hazards
Many semi-truck drivers are experienced and avoid making costly mistakes. However, numerous new truck drivers may lack experience handling their rigs. Some might not realize how dangerous it is to drive while fatigued, which could endanger other commuters since drowsy drivers may suffer from concentration issues or diminished reaction time.
Other drivers could fall victim to common distractions behind the wheel, such as eating while driving or paying too much attention to the radio. Both experienced and inexperienced drivers might behave recklessly behind the wheel. Speeding, tailgating and road rage-related behaviors could lead to accidents that might be otherwise avoidable.
Other semi-truck dangers
Dangers may exist even when truck drivers defensively and safely operate the vehicle. Be aware that a semi-truck has blind spots on both sides and to the front and rear. These blind spots are substantial, and a driver might not see a smaller vehicle clearly. Still, drivers must look carefully when changing lanes to avoid big rig accidents.
Semi-trucks also require a greater braking distance. A truck traveling 65 miles per hour might not stop in time to avoid a crash in an emergency. That is a significant reason why truck drivers should not drive at excessive speeds.