Good driving behaviors can help avoid dangerous truck accidents
It is important for all drivers to take active steps to stay safe around heavy trucks. By doing so, they will protect themselves, their passengers and everyone else on the road.
September 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Good driving behaviors can help avoid dangerous truck accidents
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Heavy trucks are a crucial part of the American economy. Without them, it would be nearly impossible to move goods from the factory to the store, or to get food from the farm to the market before it spoils. But, for however important commercial trucks are, a lot people see them as a threat. For many, driving next to a semi-truck raises serious fears about becoming involved in an accident.
There is no evidence to suggest that large commercial trucks -- or their drivers -- are inherently dangerous. However, the fact that these trucks are so large means that they need more time to stop and more room to maneuver. Accidents can happen when these needs are not met. Further, because of the trucks' size, accidents are much more likely to result in serious injuries or deaths.
While it is true that many truck accidents can be traced back to negligent or overtired truck drivers, it is much more common for truck accidents to be caused by drivers of passenger vehicles. For example, a 2009 study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that in fatal car-truck accidents, car drivers were cited with fault factors in 81 percent of crashes, while truck drivers were found to be at least partly at fault in 26 percent of crashes.
Avoiding truck accidents
Given this fault distribution, it is important for all drivers to take active steps to stay safe around heavy trucks. By doing so, they will protect themselves, their passengers and everyone else on the road. The best place to start is by staying mindful of the following tips:
-Be predictable: Drivers of large trucks can't stop or maneuver in the same amount of time that drivers of passenger vehicles can. As a result, you should take extra care to drive predictably when heavy trucks are around. Avoid stopping suddenly or changing lanes without adequate notice.
-Give them room:Semi-trucks need extra time and space to make turns, change lanes and get on and off freeways. Keep a safe following distance and, if you can, change lanes to give the truck a little extra room.
-Stay visible: Truck drivers need to be able to see you in order to avoid getting into an accident with you. If you cannot see the truck's side mirrors, then the driver cannot see you.
-Make good choices: The easiest way to avoid accidents is to get in the habit of practicing responsible driving behaviors at all times. This means driving within the speed limit, avoiding distractions and never driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or mind-altering medication.
If accidents do happen, it is important for injured victims to take steps to protect their legal rights. When a car accident is caused by another person's negligence, injured victims can pursue personal injury lawsuits to recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can review your case and help you understand your options for taking action.
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