Our last blog post discussed stopping distances for vehicles such as cars and SUVs. Though those statistics regarding stopping distances might be surprising, what is even more surprising is how those numbers increase when one looks at semi-trucks. While a car may only be 12 to 18 feet long and weigh between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds, a big rig might be as long as 65 feet and weight up to 80,000 pounds. This massive increase in size leads to much longer stopping distances.
Last week on the blog we talked about a tragic fatal motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, these types of wrecks are not uncommon. Though not all motorcycle crashes are fatal, many leave victims with serious injuries, including permanent disability. Those who suffer this type of harm may have a hard road ahead of them, fraught with emotional and financial challenges. Fortunately, these victims do not have to maneuver this difficult course alone.
Tennesseans may be thinking that, with cooler weather on the way, most motorcyclists are putting their bikes away. But that isn't true. Many bike riders will take advantage of Fall-like weather up until the bitter end, making use of its relaxing and cost-saving benefits. However, as fun as riding a motorcycle may be, it can also be dangerous when other motorists are inattentive or otherwise negligent behind the wheel.
Knoxville residents have likely heard about the horrific truck accident that left comedian Tracy Morgan and two others seriously injured and another comedian dead. The incident occurred when traffic slowed, including Morgan's limo bus, but a truck driver failed to stop in time. The tractor-trailer, which had swerved to avoid the traffic, slammed into the limo. Reports indicate the truck driver had not slept in more than 24 hours leading up to the crash. He now faces multiple criminal charges related to the accident.
Most of Knoxville's residents know the important role trucks play in our economy. They carry massive amounts of good from warehouses to stores, carry personal belongings when individuals move, and help homebuilders obtain their supplies. However, despite the good these trucks do, they still pose a threat to motorists on the road, particularly when a truck driver in inattentive or otherwise negligent behind the wheel. When a driver acts in this fashion, the sheer size of his or her rig can cause catastrophic damage, severe injuries, and even death.
Driving a semi-truck can be difficult and dangerous. Because of the hazards posed by these massive vehicles, their drivers must go through driving school and obtain a special license. Though one would think this additional training would make these drivers safe, that is not always the case. Truckers can drive while fatigued, speed, fail to stop when necessary and neglect to check their blind spots. Such negligence can cause serious injuries to Tennessee's motorists.
For many Tennessee residents riding a motorcycle is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. For others it may be their only form of transportation. Either way, these motorcyclists are less protected than those riding in enclosed vehicles. A motorcyclist does not have a seat belt, air bags, or surrounding metal to protect him in the event of an accident. For this reason, it is extremely important other drivers exercise motorcycle awareness. A failure to do so may be a deadly mistake.
A lack of awareness of motorcycles is a problem plaguing Tennessee's roadways. An inattentive, distracted driver can fail to yield to a motorcyclist and cause a motorcycle crash that leaves the rider with a head injury, broken bones, or a permanent disability that requires long-term care. In the worst cases, and all too often the result of these wrecks, the rider is killed. One of these accidents occurred recently, and Knoxville riders should take note.
Many Tennessee drivers feel a little apprehensive about driving around semi-trucks, and for good reason. The massive size of a tractor-trailer makes them extremely dangerous and destructive when a truck accident occurs. A vehicle that may have received minor damage in a car-on-car accident may be completely totaled in a semi-truck-on-car wreck. Also, and more importantly, those who are involved in a tractor-trailer crash may be more likely to receive serious injuries or die.
Riding a motorcycle can be a fun experience. Yet, because of their small size, motorcycles can often be overlooked by an inattentive driver. This motorcycle unawareness can lead to a devastating accident that causes serious injuries including broken bones or a head injury. In the worst cases, the rider is killed. A motorcycle accident, no matter how minor, can have victims and their families reeling from the trauma. A recent wreck serves as an example.