There are nearly nine million people in the United States who have jobs related to big rigs and about three and one-half million of them are actually truck drivers. They log more than 280 billion miles driven each year – which is why you likely see them so often.
The sad news about these trucks is that California is second in the country for the most big rig accidents. Keep reading to find out five things the experts say car drivers can do to reduce the number of big rig accidents. If you have already been in an accident, con
tact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in Fresno.
- Stay Out of Trucks’ Blind Spots
- Not Changing Lanes Abruptly
- Not Tailgating
- Maintaining Their Own Vehicles
- Only Driving When it is Safe to Do So
One of the main issues trucks have is that they have much larger blind spots than a car. This means that often when they hit a car that’s on the side of them, there was no way for them to know it was there. It is wise for drivers to stay out of these blind spots. They can accomplish that by only passing trucks on the left and by never driving next to them. Get over, get passed them, and get in front of them.
The fact of the matter is that trucks are much heavier than cars and they respond more slowly compared to cars. As a result, if car drivers want to avoid collisions they should be aware that trucks cannot brake quickly if cars change into their lane.
One of the worst things you can do is to tailgate a truck. Once again, they may not be able to see you. If they have to stop and you are taking your eyes off the road for one minute, you could easily hit the truck and cause serious damage to your vehicle. This is especially dangerous when you are going uphill because trucks often cannot go full speed and will slowly get slower and slower. Remember that even a “minor” accident with a big rig can be fatal.
If a car is not well maintained then it is at a greater risk of being involved in an accident. If a tire blows, or the car experiences mechanical failure while on the interstate, there is a chance a big rig is going to hit it. Once again, they take longer to stop and therefore cannot react as quickly to an emergency. If all cars were well maintained then vehicle accidents would decrease – including big rig accidents.
This means not driving when overly tired, after drinking, after doing drugs, or if weather conditions do not allow it. With so many rideshare options available, there is truly no excuse for driving while intoxicated.
If you have been involved in a big rig accident then we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.