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The Distance Required To Stop An 18-Wheeler Is Horrifying, Even Under Ideal Conditions

Everyone knows stopping an enormous tractor trailer could take a while, but the answer might still shock you. In this brief video, South Carolina 18-wheeler accident attorney Rob Usry gives the eye-popping truth.

And it's under ideal conditions, below some interstate speed limits.

And yes, truckers know this- but it doesn't seem to prevent some of them from speeding.

Transcript

It's no secret that speeds a major factor in tractor-trailer accidents. So what the trucker's really know about how long it takes to stop an 18-wheeler? A lot! The South Carolina commercial driver's license manual, which they've got to know to be able to drive a tractor-trailer, tells them and here's a frightening thing it reveals. A tractor-trailer moving at 55 miles an hour needs 419 feet to stop and that's under ideal conditions with dry pavement and good brakes. If you compute that into major league baseball terms that's home run distance.

Trucking Insurance Companies Don't Play Ball

If you're involved in a tractor-trailer accident you're gonna need an experienced lawyer who can take on the complexities that confronts you by a skeptical insurance company. You're gonna need to be able to prove exactly how the crash got caused as well as the severity of your injuries and the impact of it on your life.

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If you've got questions about tractor-trailer accidents feel free to check out the info offered on our website for free or if you have more pressing specific questions feel free to start a live chat right where you are. I thank you for thinking about this with me and I hope I see you soon.

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Rob is a South Carolina personal injury and criminal defense lawyer.

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