PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Michael Gopin reviews
the importance of respect between cars and trucks on the road, explaining that aggression can lead to serious accidents that put both parties at risk. Large commercial vehicles have a significant number of blind spots, and motorists must respect this in order to prevent collisions. Now, Gopin is lending his support to a new article
from The Baltimore Sun that discusses a new movement in hopes to curb this problem.
State Police Captain Norman "Bill" Doffiemyer explains that in the past five years, 299 people died and 12,951 people were injured in crashes involving large commercial trucks or cross-country buses on Maryland roads. This is often because motorists disregard standard safe driving practices in order to try to get around trucks. The issues only worsen when a person begins to experience road rage due to the slower speeds at which these large commercial vehicles must travel.
"The idea of teaching the other guy a lesson is not worth it and is totally unacceptable," Doffiemyer states.
Statistics show that last year, 80 percent of accidents that involved a car and a truck were primarily the fault of the car driver. During that time period, police officers wrote 400,000 tickets and warnings for aggressive behavior on the road.
To help resolve this situation, the state of Maryland and federal transportation officials have put the "Smooth Operator" summer initiative into place. It is aimed at those who tailgate, speed, and cut off large commercial vehicles, putting both drivers at risk.
More than 50 law enforcement groups throughout Maryland will partake in the campaign, which consists of events, billboards, and social media marketing. The campaign also hopes to educate impatient motorists about exactly what it is like to drive one of these large vehicles day in and day out. For example, it is important for those who drive cars to understand that if they cannot see a truck's side mirrors, the driver cannot see them. This means that accident risks are increased.
Many people are unaware just how large a truck's blind spots are, and assume they are similar to those found on a car. In fact, they extend out from the truck's side mirrors to its back bumper about three lanes wide. Because of this, truck drivers are often unable to see traffic, and cannot respond safely to sudden movements from cars. Even if the truck driver does notice a potentially dangerous situation unfolding, they may not be able to stop it. This is because trucks take a significantly longer time to brake than cars.
Truck driver Luis Jaramillo explains, "You have those 'Oh, boy' moments and your life can flash in front of your eyes." Jaramillo, who drives for UPS, goes on to say," As big and as brown as we are, to a lot of drivers we're invisible. We have to be better than the drivers around us. The biggest thing we can do is to anticipate what people will do---because they do it."
Michael Gopin reviews the importance of avoiding sudden movements and aggressive choices when driving near a truck, explaining that calculated, safe behavior makes it easier for both parties to stay out of the other's way.
Michael Gopin reviews
current laws and court cases in order to stay informed, thus allowing him to serve his clients most effectively. He is a personal injury attorney who operates the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, P.C. in El Paso, Texas. Gopin is a graduate of St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduating, he was admitted to the State Bar of Texas.