Most, if not all, Massachusetts motorists know that they should not follow the vehicle in front of them too closely. The reason is so that the motorist following the vehicle can safely slow down and stop, if needed, without slamming into the vehicle in front. However, though many motorists may have a general feel for how long it can take for a vehicle to slow down or stop, a trucker may have difficulty gauging this. When they fail to do so accurately, a serious tractor trailer crash can occur that can leave other people severely hurt.
On our blog, we often discuss truck accidents and how damaging they can be to other motor vehicles and their drivers and passengers. However, box trucks and 18-wheelers can also pose a significant threat to pedestrians, including those broken down on the side of the road. As one recent Massachusetts accident shows, a truck-pedestrian accident can be devastating.
Trucks and their drivers are a vital part of Massachusetts' economy. Box trucks, semi-trucks and delivery trucks all operate to make life easier and more enjoyable. Yet, the sheer size of these vehicles makes them dangerous when they are driven inappropriately. In a matter of seconds, an inattentive truck driver can cause an accident which results in serious injuries or death.