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3 Dangers of 18-Wheelers

Although they are involved in 11% of auto accidents, 18-wheelers and semi trucks make up just 4% of vehicles on the road, meaning that they are disproportionately dangerous. Unfortunately, due to the size and weight of these vehicles, accidents involving commercial trucks can be catastrophic. There are three main hazards associated with semi trucks and 18-wheelers, but being aware of these issues can help you avoid truck accidents:

  1. Blind spots – commercial trucks have serious blind spots due to their long trailers. This can make them hazardous in high-traffic areas.
  2. Brake problems – brake problems are a consistent issue for 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks. Brake failure reportedly plays a role in about 1/3 of large truck accidents. Considering the fact that commercial trucks weigh many times more than the average car, brake malfunction in trucks poses a serious danger to other motorists and their passengers.
  3. Driver errors – it is important to realize that most drivers are paid by the mile, meaning that they often try to push the limits of road and weather conditions, as well as their own physical limits. This can lead to fatigued or drowsy driving.

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No matter how safe you try to be around 18-wheelers and semi trucks, they often pose unavoidable risks. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, call Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today. An experienced Wisconsin auto accident lawyer from our legal team is ready to help you secure the compensation that you deserve.

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