We discuss the dangers of trucking quite often in our blog because it continues to be an important topic for all of Illinois. In the course of your day, you will probably find yourself driving near these massive vehicles one or more times.
Although we tend to focus on improving the safety of other motorists in our blog posts, we recognize that hauling large loads is hazardous to truckers. However, some loads are more dangerous for truck drivers than others are. Unfortunately, what is dangerous for truckers is also dangerous for you.
Knowing what tractor-trailer loads pose the greatest risk to truckers can help you identify situations that call for extreme caution. We have provided a few examples below.
Logs and lumber: Often irregularly shaped and unstable, falling or loose lumber can cause a truck driver to lose control. Other motorists are often victims of collateral damage when this occurs.
Liquid cargo: Hauling liquids of any type can be a challenge for truckers. The sheer weight of this cargo combined with a liquid’s natural tendency to move and slosh can result in a truck accident. Nearby motorists may suffer injuries if caught in the crash. If the truck is hauling fuel or other hazardous liquids, the danger increases significantly.
Oversized loads: Tall and wide loads may impede a trucker’s ability to see in all directions. If the driver makes even a small error in calculating his or her trajectory, it could spell disaster for the trucker and for anyone close by.
In the end, it is up to all of us to help prevent truck accidents. For those who need more information about crashes caused by negligence, please see our website. Our legal blog may also be helpful.