Driving extremely close to an 18-wheeler in order to get better gas mileage is a very dangerous driving behavior. This practice is commonly called drafting, and it can lead to dangerous car accidents that can cause serious injury or even death. Because of the height of a commercial truck, if a driver is positioned close enough to the 18-wheeler, the truck’s height can reduce wind resistance and cause less drag on a smaller vehicle. However, the proximity of the trailing vehicle to the truck creates a risk of underride accidents.
Drafting not only puts the truck driver and smaller vehicle’s passengers in danger. It also endangers other drivers on the road. If you have been injured in a car accident because of another driver’s irresponsibility or recklessness, contact the experienced Lake Geneva car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options.
Dangers of Drafting
The visibility of truck drivers is limited by the size and width of their vehicles, preventing them in some cases from observing the actions of motorists who follow them too closely. There are many dangers of drafting that may lead to a serious car accident, including:
- Lower visibility of all drivers on the road
- Abrupt lane changes could be hazardous
- Increased likelihood of evasive action resulting in multi-vehicle collisions
- Inability to observe the course of the road ahead
If you have been hurt due to the actions of a drafting motorist, we can help you to seek the financial compensation that you are rightfully owed. Contact the experienced Lake Geneva car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.