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What is Drafting?

When driving on long road trips, some drivers try to position themselves very closely to the backside of semi-trucks and 18-wheelers with trailers. The height of the trailer creates an area behind that has less drag. This reduced air resistance can allow drivers to get better gas mileage if positioned properly. The problem is that proper positioning is a matter of closing the gap between vehicles to a dangerous degree.

This technique is called drafting, and it is not a safe idea. Dangerous drivers are prone to make poor decisions such as drafting that can result in wrecks. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a reckless driver, call the Stevens Point reckless driving attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 to find out more about how we can help.

Drafting Accidents

One area where cars are expressly discouraged from driving is near the back of a commercial truck. This is because truck drivers’ mirrors do not allow them to see other drivers following closely behind them. If they must make an emergency maneuver and do not know that a vehicle is behind them, it can cause one of the following to occur:

  • Under-ride accident – occurs when a car gets stuck under the back end of a commercial truck
  • Rear-end accident – happens when a tailgating driver slams into the back of a truck
  • Decreased visibility – drafting drivers cannot see the road and react to conditions ahead

Though the potential for accidents is always present while driving, drafting is something that can greatly increase the risk of accidents.

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Being the victim of a car accident is frightening and often painful experience. Do not allow reckless drivers to continue practicing unsafe tactics on the road. If you have been hurt by a careless driver, call 800-242-2874 to speak with the Stevens Point car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. right away.

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