Speeding 18-wheelers in Texas can cause wrecks that results in massive damage and horrific personal injuries. Since commercial drivers are held to a higher standard (and often have considerably higher insurance limits) than the average motorist, there is often significant compensation available to hurt semi-truck wreck victims.
How Long Does It Take a Fully-Loaded 18-Wheeler to Stop?
In general, it takes an 18-wheeler 40 percent longer to come to a complete stop than an average car. Depending on road conditions and reaction time, that discrepancy can be even wider.
- The stopping distance for a tractor-trailer that is fully loaded on dry pavement going at 60 mph is approximately 335 feet – a little over the distance of a football field. Keep in mind this does not include driver reaction time or the .5 second delay found in air brakes.
Laws Regarding Speeding Trucks
New federal regulations require a shorter braking distance of 250 feet for tractor-trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 0 to 85,000 pounds, and 310 feet for those with a GVWR above 85,000 pounds. These new regulations do not affect existing vehicles; they only apply to tractors built after August 1, 2011 or August 1, 2013, depending on the vehicle configuration and GVWR.
A Speeding 18-Wheeler Truck Caused My Wreck
A passenger car, no matter how heavy, is no match for a large commercial truck. Semi-trucks can weigh up to 40 tons, meaning if a car and a truck collide, the car’s going to be beat.
Truckers are supposed to be professional drivers who understand how their speed, weight and proximity to other cars can affect the drivers around them. Additionally, truck drivers in Texas are required to know exactly how long it takes their rig to stop. Sadly, so many truckers still cause wrecks due to speeding, tailgating and more.
You’ve Been in a Wreck – What Now?
If the truck driver who caused your accident was speeding, tailgating, distracted or breaking the law in any way, that’s called negligence and can be used to help prove your case.
If you think the truck driver responsible for your 18-wheeler wreck was negligent in their ability to stop their vehicle in time, feel free to give me a call. During our free case consultation, we’ll go over the facts of your wreck and discuss what legal action should be taken. We have experts and accident reconstructionists who can help prove your claim and win you money for your lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. For a free case review, contact us today.