A child sustained injuries and two other people died in a devastating accident involving a dump truck on U.S. 78. According to AL.com, the dump truck caught on fire and its driver sustained fatal injuries.
The 17-year-old driver of the other vehicle died at the scene. According to reports, the teen was not wearing a seatbelt. Emergency workers also transported a 12-year-old to Children’s Hospital of Alabama.
Stories like this are tragic reminders that driving comes with inherent dangers. All it takes is one mistake or a moment’s inattention to cause a deadly collision.
If you sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a crash in Alabama, turn to Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. A Birmingham accident lawyer will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a personal-injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
3 Tips for Avoiding Truck Accidents
Although you cannot control the actions of other motorists, you can take steps to reduce your risk of crashing. Next time you are driving near a large truck, keep these three tips in mind:
- Avoid Trucks’ Blind Spots
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Commercial trucks have large blind spots that make smaller sedans easy to miss. According to Transport and Environment, some delivery trucks have blind spots that are more than 2 yards in length.
Although it is the trucker’s responsibility to check these blind spots before making turns or changing lanes, you cannot expect drivers to behave diligently. As such, you should avoid the blind spots of commercial vehicles whenever possible.
The general rule is that if you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you. Be cautious of blind spots on either side of the vehicle, in the front and in the rear.
- Give Trucks Plenty of Room to Maneuver
Trucks need a lot of space to turn, so you should not attempt to pass a truck that is cornering. Some truckers need to use the adjacent lane to complete a turn. Keep this in mind as you approach intersections.
- Do Not Cut off Trucks
Trucks are much heavier than passenger vehicles, so they require more distance to stop. As such, you should not change lanes in front of a truck that is travelling at a faster speed than your vehicle. This may be tempting if your lane is moving slowly, but it could set you up for a rear-end collision.
Also, you should never let a trucker tailgate you. If a big-rig is following too closely, then change lanes and let it pass.
Unfortunately, truck wrecks happen when people least expect them. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck crash, then contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC.
An accident attorney in Birmingham will help you pursue the maximum compensation for lost income, medical bills and non-economic damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.