Although semis account for just eight percent of all highway miles driven by vehicles, they were responsible for 30 percent of all deadly construction zone accidents in 2014, according to an NTSB report.
Due to their large size and heavy weight, semi-trucks take much longer to stop than the average car. A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. At this weight, a semi traveling 65 miles per hour requires 525 feet to stop. This is the equivalent of two football fields.
Truck accident trial lawyer Amy Witherite explains that, “Texting and driving is a serious concern for all drivers, but especially for truck drivers. At 55 miles per hour, a vehicle can travel the length of a football field in about four seconds—the same amount of time it takes to send the average text. When you imagine how far that really is, it’s scary to think of how dangerous it is to glance down at your phone for even a second.”
Work zones offer very little by way of a margin of error. With narrow lanes and the presence of heavy equipment and workers on foot, they should always be approached with extreme caution. A distracted driver who is looking at a text or email can cause a catastrophic accident.
The driver in the Tennessee truck accident case is awaiting trial on a $500,000 bond. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact a Texas truck crash lawyer as soon as possible to determine what steps you should take next in your case.