Most people are aware that tractor-trailers require more time to stop than passenger vehicles. Of course, many factors can affect the stopping distance. For example, an empty tractor-trailer takes less time and distance to stop than a fully loaded tractor-trailer. On average, though, it can take a fully loaded tractor-trailer traveling in good conditions at highway speeds about 200 yards to come to a complete stop. Compared to a passenger vehicle which takes only about 300 feet to come to a complete stop, almost half the distance of a truck. This is why it is imperative to give trucks space on the roadway and plenty of distance to make a stop.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that authorities responded to several interstate wrecks involving tractor-trailers.
Last Wednesday, a number of unrelated crashes involving tractor-trailers kept authorities busy across metro-Atlanta interstates.
The first accident began when a mattress fell from a pickup truck traveling north on Interstate 85. The driver of the truck stopped to remove the mattress from the interstate.
One tractor-trailer saw the incident and was able to stop on time. However, a second truck was unable to stop, hitting the back of the truck in front of it. The driver then lost control of the vehicle.
The accident caused the first truck to lose its haul of water across the interstate. The second tractor-trailer jackknifed and then caught fire.
The cleanup effort took hours and the interstate was reopened at around 2:00 p.m.
A second incident involved an overturned big rig on Interstate 675 northbound in Clayton County. There were no injuries in this crash.
A third crash involved a tractor-trailer that jackknifed and shut down all southbound lanes of Interstate 285 in DeKalb County.
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