Semi-truck accidents can have severe consequences. Occupants of smaller vehicles are faced with serious physical injuries, emotional suffering, property damage, paralysis, and death. If a trucker is found responsible, they face large monetary fines, the loss of their license and livelihood, and even time in jail.
Our trucking accident attorneys want to help protect all motorists by reminding you of these safety tips.
- Have a Plan
“Many driving experts preach the importance of ‘defensive driving.’ However, this indicates reacting to situations as they come up. This means you are not taking preventative measures to control your own actions,” says Scott Mann, trucking accident attorney. “It’s much safer to have a ‘good offense’ based on defensive driving techniques. Truck drivers need to be proactive and make safe decisions that prevent accidents, rather than reacting at the last second.”
- Following Distance
It takes at least 100 yards to bring a semi-truck or tractor trailer to a complete stop. This is the reason why so many trucking accidents are caused by following too close. Truck drivers are strongly encouraged to keep 3 truck lengths (a 4-second interval) between their rig and the vehicle ahead.
- Use Your Mirrors
“Semi-trucks are especially vulnerable to blind-spots, which is why truck drivers need to use their mirrors at all times,” explains Mike Wyatt, trucking accident attorney. “Do not change lanes without making sure it’s absolutely safe to do so. If not, you will either collide with a vehicle in your blind spot, or swerve back into your own lane to find another vehicle waiting. Either way, it’s an accident waiting to happen unless you know precisely what vehicles are in the other lane and what is behind you.”
- Know Your Route
Truck drivers need to plan ahead in order to have an “escape plan” if emergencies arise. Being prepared allows truckers to better know their surroundings without putting the lives of motorists at risk. Get to your destination early and avoid hitting rush hour traffic. Check ahead for road conditions, inclement weather, and construction areas. Know the locations of fuel, food and rest areas by keeping a truck stop guide at hand.
Please contact our trucking accident attorneys for a free consultation if you have been injured in an accident. Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys is dedicated to finding a positive resolution to your case!