Slowing and stopping trucks can be an arduous task due to their size and weight. In fact, studies have shown it can take fully loaded tractor-trailers up to a mile to stop when traveling at highway speeds. The Michigan Truck Accident Lawyers with Michigan Injury Lawyers explain that stopping distance was found to be a contributing factor in two recent accidents along the state’s highways.
A story from CBS-Detroit News stated a 42-year-old man was operating a tow truck along I-96 outside of the town of Milford when another vehicle suddenly careened across three lanes of traffic and cut off a tractor-trailer. The semi truck attempted to avoid a collision with the car by slamming on its brakes.
However, the driver of the tow truck, who was following the big rig, was unable to stop in time and slammed into the rear of the tractor-trailer.
An accident occurred earlier in the day along the same stretch of interstate, outside the town of Webberville, under similar circumstances.
Michigan Injury Lawyers’s team of Michigan Personal Injury Lawyers says the string of accidents highlights the need for motorists to allow commercial trucks more space on the road. Motorists should remember to allow enough room when following a tractor-trailer to see the truck’s side-view mirrors. This ensures the truck’s driver is able to see the other vehicles surrounding them as well.