October, 2016 | Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie Blog Archive
The attention focused on distracted driving has raised public awareness about the dangers of attempting to multi-task while operating a motor vehicle. While traditional distractions like chatting with passengers, adjusting the radio, reading a newspaper, and grooming continue to be a problem, most government safety campaigns have focused on the dangers posed by electronic devices like cell phones. Certainly, these types of distractions justify the attention garnered by government regulators and media sources, but parents face a serious distraction that receives much less attention – their kids sitting in the backseat.
The unique physical characteristics of an 18-wheeler render certain driving maneuvers that would be considered routine in a passenger car as almost too dangerous to attempt in most situations. Large commercial trucks can have a gross vehicle weight of up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded and operating on the interstate highway system. Their length can reach 65 or 75 feet depending on the trailer connection. Given the massive weight and length of these vehicles, U-turns typically cannot be executed without creating a high risk of a collision.
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