December 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Driving around Orlando, you may have noticed an increase in the number of tractor-trailers on the road. With the holidays fast approaching, stores are building up their stock and this means that in addition to wetter weather, drivers must also be especially alert to the presence of semi-trucks.
Truck accidents in Florida
In 2010, almost 3,000 truck accidents
occurred in the state according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety. When a tractor-trailer collides with a car, it is not uncommon for the occupants of the car to be seriously injured. About half of the truck accidents reported resulted in injury.
This was the case in a recent accident involving a semi in Lake County. Two cars were hit by a large truck at an intersection according to the Orlando Sentinel. The circumstances are not entirely clear but apparently the truck hit a car entering the intersection. The second car was driving in the opposite direction when it was hit by the truck's trailer, which had tipped over. The two vehicles' drivers were seriously injured; the extent of their injuries was not released.
Avoiding collisions with a semi-truck
While some car accidents
cannot be avoided, especially when there is negligent or reckless behavior on the part of the trucker or trucking company, there are others that can be easily averted. One way that motorists can keep themselves and others safe is by following the tips below:
- Stay out of the no-zones: 18-wheelers have large blind spots, commonly known as no-zones. These zones are located directly in front and behind the semi, on the right side of the truck cab and just slightly behind the cab on the left side.
- Don't squeeze in front of a large truck: If a driver cuts in front of a semi and has to hit the brakes it is likely that the semi is going to hit the vehicle since it takes a fully loaded truck about the distance of two football fields to stop, depending on its speed.
- Don't engage in the right-turn squeeze: Semis are large and require a large space to make a right turn. They often pull into a middle lane to make the turn and when a car tries to squeeze into that space, it can find itself in a collision.
- Give the truck room to merge or change lanes: Semis are generally about four times the size of a vehicle and it is better to be courteous than create a situation where an accident can occur.
- Don't tailgate: Following too close to a semi-truck prevents a driver of seeing what is ahead and being able to react properly if the semi has to slow down suddenly or hits another vehicle.
In addition, motorists should always obey traffic laws. Speeding or driving recklessly only increases the risk of becoming involved in a car accident. When someone is injured in a truck accident he or she should speak with an experienced attorney about seeking appropriate compensation.
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