Avoiding Truck Accidents
As a car driver, you face numerous perils on the road, not least from other road users. Trucks represent a significant hazard. The size of a truck relative to a car means that in a collision, the car is likely to fare far worse than the truck.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2010, 3,675 people were killed in large-truck crashes. A further 80,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks. Large trucks represented eight percent of vehicles in fatal crashes and two percent of injury crashes.
The following are some tips to help you avoid truck accidents:
- Be aware of the truck driver's blind spot — make sure you can see the truck’s mirrors
- Don't cut off a truck — a truck needs a much greater stopping distance than a car
- Make sure you keep a safe stopping distance when driving behind a truck
- Keep an even greater distance in wet or wintry conditions
- If you stop on a hill behind a truck, leave plenty of space — trucks have a tendency to roll backwards as they start forward after the stop
- Watch out for brake lights and turn signals
- Keep both of your hands firmly on the steering wheel when passing a truck — trucks can create strong slipstream winds and this will help you keep control of your car
In general, always be extra vigilant when driving in the vicinity of a truck. Remember to take into account the fact that trucks behave differently from smaller vehicles.
If you were injured in a truck accident and think someone else was at fault, contact an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney who can investigate your case and ascertain who is liable for your injuries.