Safety Tips for Avoiding Tractor Trailer Accidents
Our experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers have seen first hand how an accident involving a commercial truck can be serious and even fatal. Automobile drivers will not always be able to avoid an accident with a tractor trailer because they cannot control the actions of the trucker, who is sometimes the cause of the accident. While there are many safety conscious truckers, there are some that fall prey to fatigue, driver substance abuse, inadequate training, and a lack of truck maintenance, along with tight delivery schedules, all of which can lead to truck accidents.
Despite these factors, there are still steps car drivers can take to avoid truck accidents. These include:
- Keep a safe distance between you and the truck: Whether you are in front of or behind a truck, it is imperative that you maintain a safe distance. In the event you need to stop suddenly, you want the truck to have plenty of space to come to a stop without striking your vehicle. Likewise, if the truck in front of you slows, you need to give yourself enough time to stop so that you do not ride under the truck and become seriously injured.
- Recognize the truck's limitations: It is important for drivers to understand the significant differences between cars and trucks. Commercial trucks do not have the same ease of maneuverability as cars. They are large and heavy, requiring over 315 feet to come to a complete stop when traveling at 55 miles per hour, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Trucks have limitations that cars simply do not, and you should keep this in mind when traveling around them for your own safety.
- Stay away from the truck's blind spots: Commercial trucks have a number of major blind spots, also referred to as "no zones." These blind spots are places where the truck driver cannot see your vehicle in either the rear or side view mirrors. The blind spots are located at the left rear of the truck, the back, and the right front. When your car is located within a blind spot, the driver simply cannot see you. This puts you at risk of a serious accident. As such, do not travel alongside a truck for any longer than it takes you to pass the truck while traveling at a safe speed. As you come to the side of the truck, either drop back or pass it immediately. Watch for any sign that the truck is about to change lanes.
- Be careful when trucks are turning: Trucks make wide turns. Be sure to provide trucks with a wide berth so that they can safely turn and you do not become trapped in the driver's blind spot.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. You should be entitled to seek compensation from the at fault driver for your losses associated with the accident from an at-fault trucker or trucking company involved.
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Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you will be involved in a truck accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident, the Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates are here to help. Our firm is committed to being one of the top personal injury law firms in Georgia. We have dedicated over thirty years to assisting injured truck accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Our attorneys will zealously fight for full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.
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