Truck accidents are more dangerous than car accidents due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large trucks were involved in 4,951 fatal crashes and 112,000 injury crashes in 2018 alone. As a driver, it's important to understand the severity of truck accidents and take steps to protect yourself on the road.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Give Trucks Plenty of Space
When driving near a commercial truck, it's important to give them plenty of space. Trucks have larger blind spots than cars, so avoid driving in their blind spots. If you can't see the driver's face in their side mirror, they can't see you. Also, avoid cutting in front of trucks as they require more time and distance to slow down or stop.
2. Be Mindful of Weather Conditions
Weather conditions can greatly impact the safety of driving near trucks. Strong winds can cause a truck to sway or even tip over, while rain and snow can decrease visibility and traction. When driving near trucks in inclement weather, slow down and give them even more space.
3. Avoid Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is dangerous for any driver, but it's particularly risky when driving near trucks. Avoid using your phone or engaging in other distractions while driving near trucks. It's important to stay alert and focused on the road at all times.
4. Know Your Rights
If you are involved in a truck accident, it's important to know your rights. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
At Gottesman & Hollis, P.A., we have extensive experience representing clients in truck accident cases. Our team of skilled attorneys will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.