Accidents involving large trucks often result in serious injuries and sometimes death. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Florida was one of the states with the highest average of fatal large truck and bus crashes between 2014 and 2016. While truck drivers can take certain actions to ensure that other drivers sharing the roads are safe, other drivers can also take action to avoid truck accidents.
Drivers who drive near trucks should be careful not to drive too close. This practice, sometimes referred to as tailgating, is very dangerous because the driver of a small passenger car can get drawn underneath the truck and crushed if the truck brakes suddenly. When driving behind a truck, drivers should always leave a distance of approximately four seconds or more. Some drivers drive close behind trucks to save fuel, a technique known as drafting. No matter how much gas a driver can save doing this, it is not worth the risk of death in an accident with the truck.
Drivers should also be aware of the blind spots that trucks have. If a driver is caught in a blind spot, the truck driver may not be aware of the driver and can maneuverer the truck in a way that drives the car off the road. If a driver driving next to a truck cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirror, he is likely in the truck’s blind spot. Passing a truck from the right also often puts the driver in a blind spot. If passing a truck, it is important to signal early and pass quickly so as to avoid being in the blind spot for too long.
When merging in front of a trunk, it is important to leave enough room between the truck and the car. If a smaller car merges in front of a truck without enough room, and then has to break suddenly, the smaller car could get rear ended by the truck with devastating consequences.
Tough weather conditions can make driving behind or in front of a truck even more dangerous than usual. Drivers should drive with caution and keep all the safety rules in mind when driving under these conditions. If the roads are wet or slick, drivers should leave even more room between them and other cars.
If a truck driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or is distracted by lack of sleep, then it may be difficult for another driver to completely avoid an accident with the truck. However, taking some of the steps outlined above may make the accident less likely.
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If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation. There are various parties that are liable for an accident caused by a negligent truck driver. Discussing your case with an experienced personal injury attorney could help you identify the responsible parties and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced car accident injury lawyer at Vocelle & Berg, LLP, in Vero Beach, Florida for a free consultation.