Baton Rouge, FLLarge semi trucks and other similarly sized commercial vehicles are likely to crash and cause accidents for a number of different reasons. The large frame of these vehicles makes them more difficult to control and even minor mistakes by the driver can have serious consequences. If the driver is legitimately at fault for causing an accident, the victim can retain legal help to bring a civil lawsuit and make the company that owns the truck pay for various kinds of losses. 

Blind spots

All drivers are aware of certain areas near the back corner of their vehicle that have little or no visibility to the driver. Side and rear view mirrors can only do so much to help a driver what is in these spots. On a large semi truck, these problems are even worse and the blind spots are larger. Certain trucks are equipped with warning messages on the rear to let drivers know that they cannot be seen. Some large vehicles may even have another large blind spot directly in front of the vehicle. 

Braking issues

A semi truck will need about double the distance as a standard sized car to slow down and come to a complete stop. The truck also weighs about fifteen to twenty times as much as a normal car and requires much larger brakes. This means that the brakes need to be in good condition and checked regularly. If a truck cannot stop in time, the results can be serious, including large amounts of property damage and injuries that are potentially fatal.  

New areas and routes

Because truck drivers often have to travel long distances into new areas, they may not be familiar with road features such as upcoming turns and curves, or areas where the speed limit suddenly drops. If the driver has been on the road for hours and is starting to get fatigued during a trip into a new and unfamiliar area, it is much more likely that they will make a mistake and cause an accident. There are regulations that prevent drivers from staying on the road for an excessive amount of hours in a day, but it is possible that distractions and fatigue can set in at any time. It may also be more difficult for the driver to find a rest area when the are unfamiliar with the roads in a new destination.   

Experienced truck accident lawyers

Miller, Hampton, and Hilgendorf is a trusted firm that handles lawsuits related to accidents and personal injuries in the Baton Rouge area. To learn more, potential clients can contact the firm to schedule a meeting and see if they can agree on representation. 

Firm contact info:

Miller, Hampton, and Hilgendorf

3960 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806


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