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How can truck accidents that involve motorcycles happen?

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2022 | Personal Injury

No matter where a person is heading while on the road, they may encounter a large truck that pulls up alongside them and drives recklessly.

This can be even more worrying when this person is riding a motorcycle. Knowing how truckers endanger motorcyclists is essential if a rider is suffering from injuries after a crash.

Trouble with mirrors

According to the United States Department of Transportation, a failure to adjust and routinely check mirrors can lead to a trucker swerving into another vehicle’s space. There are many unsafe blind spots around a truck, which means that drivers must take care not to neglect to check their mirrors on the front, back and all sides.

Failure to anticipate bad weather

Due to the traction larger wheels have, the drivers of trucks can often underestimate how hard it is for motorcycles to stop quickly. When a truck pulls out suddenly and without warning, a motorcyclist may try to brake but fail to stop in time to avoid a collision.

Taking into account varying weather conditions, such as sleet or rain, can impact how truckers act around motorcycles.

Distractions inside and out

Glancing away from oncoming traffic while operating a truck, even if it is only for a few seconds, is one way to miss necessary signals. Since motorcycles take up less space on the road and are slower than trucks, people sitting higher up in truck seats can ram into them if they look down at their phones or stare out the window.

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