Truck accidents can be particularly devastating, much more so than passenger car collisions. The sheer size, weight, and force of a truck means collisions at lower speeds could result in a higher degree of injury. Truck accidents that occur at high speeds are even more dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about truck accidents and speeding and how to get the compensation you deserve after such an accident changes your life forever.
What Happens When a Truck Speeds
It is illegal for any vehicle — car or truck — to drive at a speed above the posted limit. However, when a commercial truck speeds and engages in negligent driving, a number of things can occur to increase the risk of or directly cause an accident:
- The inability to come to a full and complete stop when necessary. The faster a truck goes, the less time it has to come to a sudden stop. The truck could easily crash into the vehicle in front of them or even instigate a multiple-vehicle pileup.
- Loss of control over the truck and trailer. If a driver is speeding, they may lose control over the vehicle as they come down a steep hill or go around a curve.
- Less time to react to other drivers and the environment. The faster a truck goes, the less time the driver has to react to his or her surroundings. This includes the environment (such as roadwork) or other drivers sharing the road.
- Loss of friction during inclement weather. Snow, ice, and rain are particularly dangerous for truck drivers and it’s even more important to go an appropriate speed when the weather is bad, even if that speed is much lower than the posted speed limit for the area. Hydroplaning or sliding on ice can easily cause an accident that could prove to be devastating.
When You Should Call a Lawyer
Anytime you are involved in an accident, you should touch base with a personal injury lawyer. If you’ve been in a truck accident, it’s critical that you work with someone who is well versed in the uniqueness of truck collision cases and how they should be handled. Truck accident cases are quite different from other types of crashes and require experienced representation.