It’s not going to come as much of a surprise to you that commercial truck accidents can be deadly. Car accidents can turn deadly fast as these trucks are several times the size of your standard car. You probably know all about force and momentum and all that, if you’re a prepared driver.
Except, there’s one thing you may not be thinking about as much—the cargo.
Sure, that semi might be carrying a whole bunch of pillows and stuffed animals. It could also be holding gasoline, logs, chemicals that would give you superpowers in a just world . . . well, you get the idea.
Dangerous Cargo May Be Deadlier than the Truck.
You’ve probably thought about this before. You’ve passed an 18-wheeler carrying gasoline, and you’ve thought, “Gosh, if that thing flips, we’re going to be dealing with a massive fire.”
No, just me? Well, it can and does happen. It’s enough to make you want to just stay home and pass on all the society and transit stuff, thank you very much. Worse, let’s say you were injured in a truck accident in the middle of a city, like Detroit. That’s a densely-populated area, so what if the truck caught fire and took a building with it?
It’s not a fun thought, but it’s a real-world possibility—a worst-case scenario—that you need to be prepared for.
What to Do to Avoid Truck Accidents
When it comes to preparing for these accidents, you have a few key options: stay away from commercial trucks or just stay off the road. Of course, both of those options are easier said than done, right? You may know firsthand how difficult it is to avoid driving along near one of these trucks.
Personally, I have everything I need in my little bunker here, but of course, some people “like seeing other people” and don’t like “feeling like a mole person.” More canned beans for me, but I digress.
Generally, your best option is to always drive with your full attention on the road, if you’re going to drive. That means more than watching out for yourself, though. It also means watching out for others.
Preparing for Anything
Of course, it’s hard to account for a motor vehicle accident. One minute, everything seems fine. The next, you’re upside-down in a ditch and you need to get out of there before the whole thing blows skyhigh (trust me, it could happen to any of us).
The best thing you can do is take care of yourself, especially by paying attention and staying focused on the road. It can save lives to give the road that little extra attention.