When you think of the reasons a truck might cause an accident, going too fast would have to be at the top of the list. After all, truckers are under a lot of pressure to get their products across the country quickly. The more hauls they make the more money they make.
Sometimes trucks go slower than the flow of traffic. They may be too heavy to travel as fast as they should be or the driver may be distracted, medicated or attempting to get overtime. The law may also require them to drive slower than other vehicles. This can cause problems for other drivers as driving too slowly has been shown to cause traffic problems in general.
Dangers of going under the speed limit
It is always a good idea to slow down in times of inclement weather or when there is construction on a road. However, driving slower than other vehicles on the road can adversarially affect the flow of traffic and cause confusion for other drivers.
The far left lane on a multi-lane highway is intended for passing other vehicles. If a slow driver is using the far left lane to drive and not pass, other drivers will tend to pass them by using the lane to their right. All this passing increases the chance of an accident. Every state in America has a law prohibiting driving in the left lane
When a truck drives in the left lane, it is especially dangerous because it takes more time to pass such a long vehicle.
Why trucks often travel more slowly than other vehicles
Many states have laws requiring trucks to travel at slower speeds than other vehicles on the road because it takes them so long to stop. Trucks also weigh more than other vehicles and they are often required to travel at a slower rate of speed to avoid the impact of a crash.
Because of all the laws requiring trucks to go slow, truckers will avoid speeding because they don’t want to lose too many points on their license. If a trucker loses enough points on their license, they will no longer be able to drive professionally. Unfortunately, there are sometimes when going over the speed limit actually reduces the risk of a crash.
Accidents that can be caused by slow trucks
There are some states, such as California, that require trucks to go 10 miles under the speed limit on the highway. Although this may seem prudent, it can cause an accident. If a truck is traveling at 55 miles an hour and every other car on the road is traveling at 65 miles an hour, a person driving directly behind the truck may misjudge the speed at which the truck is traveling. If they do not keep a safe distance behind the truck they may end up having a rear-end collision which can lead to a pile-up.
Ultimately, speeding trucks cause more frequent and serious accidents than trucks that are going too slow, but going under the speed limit can cause a crash.
What to do if you have been involved in an accident with a slow truck
If you have been injured in an accident with a truck, you may want to consider a personal injury lawsuit. You can learn more at 1800injured.care. An experienced attorney can help to get you the money you deserve.