Truck accidents can be devastating events, and the best thing you can do as another motorist is avoid being involved in one. A commercial truck can weigh up to 80 thousand pounds and has much more momentum than a regular passenger car. Once they are moving at a highway speed, their weight makes it take longer for them to stop.
Avoid Truck Blind Spots
A blind spot is an area near the truck that the driver cannot see with his mirrors. On passenger cars, blind spots are relatively small, but they are large on an 18-wheeler and exist on all four sides of the truck. When a trucker cannot see your car, you are vulnerable if he decides to change lanes or turn. In general, if you cannot see the truck driver’s face, he cannot see you.
Stay a Large Distance Away
Especially in hazardous road conditions like rain, fog or snow. A truck driver may not be able to completely control the big rig, so if you must, pull to the side of the road and allow the truck to pass you.
Look For Signs of Trucker Fatigue
If you are driving near a semi-truck and it is swerving or veering out of its lane, the driver could be suffering from driver fatigue after driving for too long without a break. If you feel the trucker is driving dangerously, note the truck’s license plate number, pull over, and call the authorities.
These are just a few ways you might prevent yourself from being hurt in a truck accident. Driving with this type of caution might also save other drivers. When an 18-wheeler is in an accident and immobilized, it can block the entire road and pose a collision danger for oncoming traffic.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident in the Mobile, Alabama area, you could potentially recover compensation for your injuries and property damage. Please contact one of the experienced truck accident attorneys at Long & Long today to schedule your free case evaluation.