There is no secret or mystery about the stark differences in size and speed and capabilities with vehicles traveling on the same road together. From motorcycles and tiny two seater sports cars to giant 18-wheeler rigs, and everything in between, all manner of transportation exists in a steady flow, most of the time. There does come a time, quite often and on every road, regardless of weather and road conditions, where these vehicles collide, or cause another to wreck. Driving a vehicle of any size or capacity takes great responsibility, awareness and dedication to the task at hand. Driving any vehicle requires a license, which requires a test or series of tests to pass. A CDL is required to operate commercial vehicles, including 18-wheelers, but even that’s not a foolproof system. We’re all still humans, afterall. Accidents do happen, and results of those accidents can be small bodily injuries all the way through the range up until death, and everything in between.
Truckers carry many reputations at a general level, most are positive, some are less so, but that’s the case with any generalized assumption and opinion set. Truckers keep the country moving, during rain, snow, holidays, storms, gorgeous sunny days … it matters not. The trucks move on, carrying food, electronics, animals, motors, cars, recreational vehicles, art supplies, car parts, clothing, raw materials … You name it, it’s probably been transported cross-country in a 53’ trailer, by a dedicated truck driver. Truck drivers do occasionally swerve, causing panic to drivers around them in smaller vehicles, as there’s not much warning or time to react in a safe manner. Drivers also fall asleep at the wheel, which can cause disastrous impact and major damages. Fire, serious wreckage and multiple car pile ups on a busy interstate highway are common scenes for people like traffic cops and wrecker drivers. Passenger vehicles can do their part by being more aware of the limitations and inability of 18-wheelers to stop or swerve out of the way on a dime, when the need arises. Physics, weather as well as human behavior play major factors when it comes to driving and road interactions.
No matter where in the world drivers are, whether going by the arch in St. Louis or through downtown Hong Kong, vehicles play a major factor in humanity and society. Many drivers have fears of driving near 18-wheeler rigs, due to stories they’ve heard of what can happen when something goes badly, or from their own past experience. Just like anything else in life, it’s a statistical possibility, but not likely in most cases, though measures of safety and practicality and responsibility should always be minded. Tractor-trailer rigs keep the economy bustling and moving along, carrying freight that touches lives of all varieties. Whether driving a motorcycle or large rig, it’s best to be aware, be mindful, practice responsible and respectful driving, to keep everyone moving along in a safe manner. Though when something does go awry, there are a host of professionals experienced in these exact scenarios that know exactly what to do, how to do it and get the best results, from police officers to attorneys, medical professionals to wrecker drivers.