Blind Spots / No Zone Accidents
Trucks have larger blind spots known as No Zone areas along each rear side. The larger the truck, the larger the blind spot.
Brake Failure Accidents
Brake failure happens for a number of reasons, including improper installation, poor maintenance, overheating, overuse or stopping at high speeds. The heavier the truck, the higher the risk of brake failure.
Head On Collisions
Head-on collisions happens when the front end of a truck collides with the front end of another vehicle. This is one of the deadliest type of accidents for passengers of the other vehicle.
Jackknifes happen when a truck’s drive axle brakes lock up, causing the trailer to skid. The trailer only stops skidding after forming a 90 degree angle with the tractor. This type of accident frequently results in a rollover.
Lost Load Accidents
When cargo is not properly loaded or secured to the trailer, it can become dislodged during route and scattered on the road, causing hazardous conditions for the vehicles behind the truck.
The heavier a truck, the more distance required to stop. The average stopping distance for an 80,000 pound truck that is driving at 65 mph is 525 feet, nearly the length of two football fields.