It is no secret that truck accidents can cause devastating injuries. According to the United States Department of Transportation, 3,964 people died and 95,000 were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2013. Many of these victims faced exorbitant medical bills; some had to take weeks or months off work to recover.
Even the safest drivers cannot control the actions of other motorists. If you or a loved one was injured in a Louisiana truck accident, contact Morris Bart.
An Alexandria car accident lawyer can evaluate your crash, gather evidence, talk to witnesses and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.
Until then, read on to learn how to avoid five common truck accidents:
- Driving in Blind Spots
Commercial trucks have larger blind spots than passenger vehicles. It is not possible to avoid the blind spot at all times – for example, when overtaking a truck on the freeway – but you should make a concerted effort to limit your time in a truck’s blind spot.
Experienced truck drivers are usually cautious when turning, but if you are travelling in a blind spot for a long time, the trucker may have no way of telling you are there. The best way to determine if you are in a truck’s blind spot is to look for the mirrors. If you cannot see the truck driver, then he or she cannot see you.
- Unexpected Lane Changes
Trucks need a lot of time to slow down or avoid obstacles. If you pull in front of a truck and brake, the driver may not be able stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision. If you change lanes, be sure to indicate your intentions early, and check your blind spot before merging.
- Truck Turbulence
Trucks cause a lot of turbulence due to air displacement, and this catches many overtaking motorists off-guard. Drivers must maintain firm control of the wheel to counter this effect. Down-gearing before overtaking may help you power through the turbulence safely.
- Turning Trucks
Trucks need a lot of room to turn, and the driver may have to cross the center line. Anticipate this movement, and give the truck enough room to navigate the turn. Be willing to back up if necessary, and if you are following a truck that intends to turn, slow down and give the driver space.
Never try to pass a truck while it is turning. The back end may extend into your lane and cause an accident.
- Splash and Spray
Trucks kick up a lot of water in wet conditions, and this can obstruct your view. Make sure your wiper blades are working and your windshield is clean. Do not follow trucks too closely, and be cautious when overtaking.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Morris Bart today. You can fill out the free case evaluation form, Live Chat with us, or call us at 800-537-8185. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day and we have offices across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.