What You Can Do to Avoid a Dangerous Truck Accident
Semi-trucks help fuel our economy, but they also cause some of the deadliest accidents on our roads. Because there is no way to control how safely truck drivers in your midst will drive, it is imperative that you protect yourself from dangerous trucking accidents by understanding and adhering to the safety basics when it comes to sharing the road with large commercial trucks. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need an experienced Central Texas personal injury attorney.
Be Aware of Bad Weather and Road Conditions
Semis are very susceptible to the effects of adverse road conditions and inclement weather. If you are driving under either of these conditions, it is not only essential to slow down for your driving safety but also to provide the 18-wheelers in your midst additional space. Because of their immense size, semis need much more roadway to maneuver and to stop safely. When the weather and/or the roads are less than perfect, allow these massive vehicles all the room you can by adjusting your driving accordingly.
Share the Road
Semi-trucks are part of our driving reality, and as such, it is important to understand and follow the rules of sharing the roads with them safely:
The worse the weather and/or the condition of the road, the more space you should allow semis.
Before passing a semi, pay careful attention to the truck’s turn signals.
Approach semis with caution, and never cut in front of a semi-truck.
When passing a semi, always ensure that you can see the truck’s entire cab before pulling back in the truck’s lane.
Remember that trucks have blind spots or "no zones" all the way around their rigs and that these blind spots are concentrated on the rigs’ right sides.
Avoid a truck’s blind spots by steering clear and by making sure that you can see the trucker’s safety mirrors when you do have to travel more closely
Never pass a semi when it is making a right turn
Adhere to all of the safety rules of the road at all times, and when you are sharing the road with semis, employ additional precautions.
Finally, if you witness a trucker who is driving erratically or dangerously, alert the authorities as soon as it is safe to do so. You could help save a life.
If a Trucker Leaves You Injured in a Truck Accident, Consult with an Experienced Central Texas Personal Injury Lawyer Today
We share the roadways with evermore semi-trucks, and the best way to do so safely is to proceed with caution. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney, and the dedicated legal team at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas is here to help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and determination to aggressively advocate for your claim’s best possible resolution. For more information, please contact or call us at (254) 220-4225 today.