Semi-trucks populate our roadways at a seemingly increasing rate. Though this may be good for commerce, it could spell trouble for commuter safety. The sheer size of big rigs can pose a hazard if driven improperly, and the results of a truck accident can be tragic. Victims may be left with serious, sometimes debilitating, injuries, and in far too many instances victims are killed.
One way to try to avoid these accidents is to drive defensively. But what can you do to protect yourself from a semi-truck wreck? First, avoid what are known as “no-zones.” These are the areas directly behind and beside a truck where the driver has no visibility. Second, avoid abruptly changing lanes in front of a truck, as this may cause a truck to swerve into other vehicles or fail to stop in time if you suddenly hit the brakes. Third, try to accurately judge a truck’s oncoming speed. Their size can make it a little difficult, but failing to do so could result in a terrible crash.
There are many other defensive tactics that may help you avoid a devastating collision. You can avoid driving between semi-trucks, properly speed up or slow down when a truck attempts to change lanes, correctly merge into traffic so as to avoid improper truck maneuvers or braking, and moving to the right of a truck as it is trying to turn to the right.
Despite these active measures, though, truck accidents will continue to occur. If you have been hurt in one of these crashes, then you know that the damages can be significant. There may be extensive medical expenses, lost wages, disfigurement, and emotional pain and suffering. By being proactive about the situation and filing a personal injury lawsuit, however, you may be able to recover those losses and ensure that the negligent trucker who caused the accident knows that negligence behind the wheel will not be tolerated.
Source: FindLaw, “Common Causes of Truck Accidents,” accessed on Nov. 23, 2015