Each year, hundreds of Texans are injured and killed in highway collisions with 18-wheelers. While many of these accidents are unavoidable, there are precautions that drivers can take to lower their risk of being involved in a potentially tragic accident.
Follow Normal Safe Driving Strategies. One of the easiest ways to avoid any accident is to make sure you’re being a responsible driver. Before hitting the highway, make sure you’ve had enough sleep and that you haven’t had any alcohol to drink. Don’t text on your cell phone or fiddle with your iPod. Stay focused on the traffic ahead of you.
Respect Blind Spots. Remember that a truck, like a car, has pretty large blind spots. If you’re driving behind or to the right a large semi, there’s a good chance the truck driver can’t see you. In addition, there’s a smaller blind spot on the left side of a truck just behind the driver’s door. If you’re concerned that you may be in a blind spot, check the trucker’s mirrors. If you can’t see the driver’s face, that means he or she can’t see you.
Don’t Cut Off Trucks. If you see a small gap between a truck and the car in front of it, resist the urge to sneak into it. Likewise, don’t cut off a truck and then brake immediately to make a turn. Trucks take about three times the distance to stop as the average car. Cutting off a truck isn’t just rude, it’s also downright dangerous.
Practice Patience. Sometimes you will see that truck that’s driving too fast or recklessly. In those cases, the best idea is to just get out of the way. A truck carrying a full load of goods can weigh up to 80,000 lbs-more than enough to squash your sedan. It’s better to just avoid a reckless trucker than to get angry and try outrunning him. If your passenger can copy down a number and license plate on the back of the trailer, you can file a complaint with the trucking company.
Unfortunately, even safe and responsible drivers can get caught up in accidents. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the Kyle Law Firm today to set up a free consultation with one of our Texas truck accident attorneys.