What are some Ways to Avoid a Truck Accident?

By Gabriel Levin on October 24th, 2014

avoid truck accidentSemi-trucks are a common sight on American highways. These vehicles are essential to our economy, and transport millions of tons of freight from coast to coast each year. Unfortunately, they can also pose a significant risk of injury to motorists and other people using our roadways. Due to their large size and heavy weight, tractor trailers can cause extensive damage and serious injury when they are involved in accidents with other vehicles. When these accidents are due to someone’s negligence victims may be able to recover for any losses they sustain. Because of the myriad federal and state regulations that apply to the trucking industry, as well as the number of parties that may be implicated, truck accident cases are often more complicated than other types of motor vehicle accidents. As a result, anyone who has been involved in a tractor-trailer accident should contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney Gabriel Levin as soon as possible to obtain legal representation.

Fortunately for motorists, there are certain steps that you can take in order to reduce your risk of being involved in a collision with a semi-truck. These include the following:

  • Avoid driving in a truck’s blind spots – Trucks have larger blind spots than passenger vehicles. These “no zones” are to either side of the truck, and directly behind and in front of it. Spend as little time as possible in these areas, and always try and make sure you can see the truck’s mirrors. In addition, be sure that you have enough clearance when getting in front of a truck that you have just passed.
  • Keep your distance – Make sure to give trucks plenty of room, both when behind and in front of them. Trucks require much longer stopping distances than passenger vehicles, so be certain to give them plenty of space when driving in front of them.
  • Follow the rules of the road – When drivers drive predictably, it is easier to avoid accidents. Be sure to follow all rules of the road, always passing on the left and maintaining a safe speed.
  • Do not pass trucks that are turning – Trucks and other large commercial vehicles make wide turns. Attempting to pass a turning truck puts you at an increased risk of being involved in a collision.

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