Truck stopping distance may be longer than you think

On Behalf of | Dec 29, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The sheer size of a semi-truck poses a danger to other motorists on the road. This is because a seemingly minor mistake while driving one of these big rigs can result in a serious truck accident that leaves an individual with severe physical, emotional, and financial damages. One aspect of these semi-trucks that many drivers fail to consider, and which can play a significant role in a truck accident, is stopping distance.

How long does it take a semi-truck to slow down and stop?

Semi-trucks can take a significant distance to be able to come to a safe stop. For example, a truck traveling at 60 miles per hour will need about 370 feet to stop, which is more than the length of a football field. This distance can increase depending on the weight of the vehicle and its cargo as well as its speed and weather conditions. It’s important to note that these stopping distances are much greater than those necessary for a passenger vehicle to safely stop.

What does this mean for truckers?

Simply put, all this means that truckers need to make sure that they are keeping a proper amount of distance between themselves and the vehicles in front of them. Of course, this rarely happens, which is why so many truck accidents involve a big rig slamming into the rear of another vehicle. If this has happened to you or a loved one and injuries have resulted, then you should consider taking legal action.

Hold negligent truckers accountable

It can be scary to navigate the aftermath of a serious truck accident. But you can do so with confidence if you know how to utilize the law in your effort to fight for accountability and compensation. Assessing a truck’s stopping distance and its tire marks could be one key aspect of your case, but you shouldn’t rely on those facts alone. Instead, conduct a thorough analysis of your case to ensure that you’re presenting the strongest case possible and maximizing your chances of success.


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