We share our highways and interstates with semi-trucks because the economy depends on them. This is why motorists implicitly accept the risks imposed by trucks, provided they drive safely. But when trucks use small residential roads not intended for trucking, they endanger the residents of these areas.
Of course, truck deliveries to local stores and moving vans are to be expected. The problem lies with the trucks that take shortcuts through residential neighborhoods. Because they're passing through, they may travel at inappropriately fast speeds to make better time. This problem is particularly bad in recent years because GPS devices reveal these shortcuts to everyone, including truckers not local to the area. The result is heavy trucking traffic on roads not intended for this use.
Of particular concern is the danger this traffic poses for the children walking or riding bicycles. Semi-trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds and traveling fast cannot stop quickly enough or take evasive action if a child chases a ball onto the road in front of one. The truck driver may not see the child at all because semi-trucks have a blind spot in front of them. That is, their engine hood can block their view. Semi-trucks also endanger cars backing out of driveways and people getting into and out of cars parked along the roadside.
Residential roads are too narrow to accommodate parked cars on the shoulders as well as trucks passing by each other on opposing lanes. This can cause trucking accidents. In addition, school buses filled with children must also share these tight roads with semi-traffic, and there is likely insufficient space for buses and semis to pass each other safely. Finally, the volume of truck traffic wears down residential roads and creates pavement damage that presents yet another hazard to the locals.
If you or a family member was injured in a trucking accident in your neighborhood, a knowledgeable lawyer can determine if you are entitled to compensation. To discuss your case, contact us today.