According to the
U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles, "When driving on
the highway you are at a serious disadvantage if involved
in a crash with a larger vehicle. In crashes involving large
trucks, the occupants of a car, usually the driver, sustain
78 percent of fatalities."
Motorists need to
be familiar with large trucks ability to maneuver and brake.
A large truck takes longer to stop than a car traveling
at the same speed. Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds
and when traveling at 50 mph can take more than 400 feet
Trucks also appear
to be traveling slower than cars due to their larger size.
Many collisions occur where a driver doesn't realize how
fast the truck is driving.
Cutting in front of a truck may force
a trucker to suddenly slow down, turn or stop. Trucks take
much longer to stop in comparison to cars.
Sharing the road
with larger vehicles can be dangerous if you are not aware
of their limitations.