Trucking accidents are extremely dangerous for both drivers and passengers on the road. These crashes, by definition, involve large tractor-trailers weighing in excess of 10,000 lbs., and because of their massive frames and heavy cargos, most other automobiles don’t stand a chance when involved in a collision. Roughly 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States, and of those, some 5,000 result in fatalities.
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. Our legal team knows first-hand how devastating large truck accidents can be; what follows are a few tips that passenger cars and other motorists can use 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 It is 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.
Avoid Changing 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 someone you know has been a victim of a trucking accident, call our personal injury lawyers to see what we can do for you.