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The Dangers of Drafting

As gas prices rise, everyone is looking for ways to improve their mileage. For some, it may be tempting to try to increase their gas mileage through a method known as drafting. The danger begins with the fact that a motorist must position his or her car very close to the back end of a semi truck or 18-wheeler. Unfortunately, one of the primary no-drive-zones for commercial trucks is directly behind them. If a long haul trucker can’t see you and must make an emergency move, it could result in a devastating accident.

Drafting is a dangerous driving tactic that could injure the drafter as well as other drivers nearby. If you have been in an accident that someone caused by negligent driving, contact the Green Bay reckless driving lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 800-242-2874.

Drafting Risks

In order to draft successfully, drivers must get very close behind large trucks. This means that, even for short stints on highways and freeways, drafting motorists will drive entirely too close to the back end of trucks. The nature of stop-and-go traffic makes the maneuver exponentially more dangerous. When drafting, the following driving risks can arise:

  • Loss of visibility – drafters cannot see the road ahead, impairing their ability to react to changing road conditions
  • Blind spots – truckers that cannot see drafters may make decisions that endanger the drafting drivers
  • Rear-ending – this type of accident is much more likely while drafting due to the closeness of the vehicles
  • Under-ride accident – occurs when a larger vehicle is rear-ended by one that slides under the undercarriage

Drivers who are tempted to participate in drafting should think twice as this careless behavior could endanger themselves as well as others.

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If you have suffered in an auto accident at the hands of another driver, call us today. Our Green Bay reckless driving attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. can be contacted at 800-242-2874.

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