Aggressive Truck Drivers Put Motorists in Danger
All aggressive drivers are dangerous drivers, but when a trucker drives aggressively, it takes things to the next level. Truck drivers operate massive vehicles that are many, many times the size, weight, and bulk of the non-commercial cars we drive. In fact, it is almost always the noncommercial driver who is seriously injured – or worse – when it comes to accidents involving both a truck and a car. Truck drivers are professional drivers who are held to far stricter safety standards – at the state, federal, and industry level – and driving aggressively has no place in this equation. If an aggressive driver leaves you or someone you love injured, consult with an experienced Round Rock personal injury lawyer today.
Aggressive Driving Defined
Although we all have a pretty good idea about what an aggressive driver in our midst looks like, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as motorists who engage in multiple moving violations (in one driving event) that put others in harm’s way. When a truck driver engages in multiple moving violations behind the wheel of a massive truck, that trucker endangers the lives of everyone with whom he or she shares the road.
Aggressive Driving: The Warning Signs
There are specific driving activities that are indicative of aggressive driving:
- Tailgating (because of their sheer size and weight, semis require far more stopping distance than do noncommercial vehicles)
- Speeding – or driving at a speed that is unsafe in relation to the condition of the road
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Honking or rudely gesturing at other drivers to express anger
Aggressive drivers, including truck drivers, typically engage in combinations of aggressive driving behaviors, which amplifies the danger involved.
Speeding is both a common form of aggressive driving and a deadly form of aggressive driving. In fact, NHTSA reports that more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities in 2017 were caused by speeding drivers. A speeding trucker represents a very real danger on our roadways.
Aggressive Truck Drivers
The tremendous size of big rigs, alone, makes them far more dangerous – even with the safest driver behind the wheel. Tractor-trailers are not only huge but also lack the maneuverability of other vehicles on the road. This lack of maneuverability includes increased stopping distances, extremely wide turns, and massive blind spots (or no zones) all the way around the rig. In other words, semi-trucks are simply more dangerous, to begin with, but when there’s an aggressive truck driver at the wheel, the situation becomes dire.
If an Aggressive Truck Driver Leaves You Injured, Consult with an Experienced Round Rock Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Truck accidents are among the most terrifying and deadly accidents on our roadways. If you’ve been injured by an aggressive trucker, Elissa Henry at Elissa I. Henry Law Firm, PLLC, in Round Rock has the experience, compassion, and dedication to skillfully advocate for your case’s most positive resolution. For more information, please contact us online or call us at (512) 766-4529 today.