A trucking accident occurs whenever a large tractor-trailer (10,000 lbs. or more) collides with another vehicle or a pedestrian. Approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the United States, and because of the sheer mass of semi-trucks and large tractor-trailers involved, these accidents often result in very serious injuries, and contribute to a significant amount of traffic fatalities annually.
Despite the potential hazards, trucks and other forms of interstate transit continue to be an integral part of our nation’s economy, with trucking revenues alone contributing over $600 billion in revenues to companies last year. Economists estimate that this number will only continue to grow, and while this is good news for our economy, an increased number of semis and large trucks on the road will likely serve as a bane for other motorists. As Illinois car accident lawyers, our legal team knows first-hand how incredibly devastating large truck accidents can be; what follows are a few tips for passenger cars and other motorists to keep themselves safe when driving around tractor-trailers. (Legal Info)
Stay Alert and Practice Defensive Driving-It is always best to use extra caution around large trucks and tractor-trailers. These vehicles are very different to operate compared to other cars and SUVs, and they behave quite differently as well. Be ready for anything, and always be ready for a truck driver to make a lane change or turn.
Avoid Blind Spots-Semi trucks and other large tractor-trailers have enormous blind spots, and this makes driving around these vehicles especially dangerous. Roughly 1/3rd of all truck accidents are a result of a car driving in the blind spot of a semi. In this respect, the best rule of thumb is: if you can’t see a truck driver’s side mirrors, you know for a fact a truck driver can’t see you either.
Don’t Attempt to Pass a Truck When Turning-Trucks move slower than most cars on the road, and when they slow down to turn, it is common for other motorists to try to pass them. However, trucks often have to make wide turns, causing their back ends to drift into the adjacent lane; this can cause serious accidents.
Don’t Ever Change Lanes Abruptly In front of a Truck-Cutting another vehicle off is a bad idea in general, but it is especially dangerous when trucks are involved. These large vehicles require far more stopping distance than cars, and consequently, they may not be able to brake in time if another motorist darts in front of them unexpectedly.
Give Trucks Some Distance-At highway speeds, and especially in adverse conditions, make sure to give trucks space to maneuver, stop and turn. Don’t cut trucks off to reach an exit or nearby turn, and respect truck drivers. (Road Safe America)
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, call our firm to discuss your potential claim, and see how our experience can go to work for you.