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Small Vehicle Occupants at Higher Risk of Injury in Atlanta Truck Accidents


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3/23/2012
Shane Smith
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It’s not difficult to realize that a small passenger vehicle won’t hold up well when in an Atlanta truck accident. Commercial trucks have both size and weight on their side, while the only advantage a passenger vehicle may have is better reaction time and maneuverability.

Even with advances in safety features such as air bags and crumple zones, the majority of serious or fatal injuries are most often seen in the occupants of smaller vehicles. Here are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of becoming tangled with a commercial truck: 
  • Consider blind spots – they’re large, you’re small, and the typical rule of thumb is if you can’t see yourself in their mirrors, they can’t see you. Try to avoid riding directly next to the trailer for extended periods.
  • Pass safely – give yourself plenty of room to go around a truck if you must pass it. It’s unwise to pass a truck on a 2-lane road because it increases the time you’ll be driving in the oncoming lane.
  • Follow behind – don’t follow too closely; large trucks take longer to brake, and abrupt stops can cause truck stability problems. 
By following safe driving habits when sharing the road with commercial trucks, you can reduce your risk of becoming another part of the truck accident statistics. 

It may be possible to reduce the common types of truck accidents by simply increasing your awareness of how you drive near commercial trucks. While the truck driver’s negligence is also a large factor, you should take every measure possible to not add to the danger of causing a truck accident.

Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney

After a serious or fatal truck accident, you and your family may be dealing with the grief of serious injury, loss of a loved one, and financial burdens. During this difficult time it’s easy to get frustrated with your situation – you didn’t deserve to suffer due to the negligence of another!

At The Law Offices of Shane Smith we know you’re more than just another victim in the truck accident statistics. We help victims of truck accidents seek justice when they suffer serious injury and losses due to negligent drivers. We have helped victims in Atlanta and the surrounding areas file truck accident claims when negligent, drunk or distracted drivers cause serious or fatal crashes.

Before making the decision to hire an Atlanta personal injury attorney, request a copy of our FREE eBooks, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? and 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case. Our guides contain valuable information on how to handle filing a claim for serious injuries or wrongful death caused by a negligent driver. When you’re ready to get started on your claim, contact us to set up a FREE consultation – 1-770-487-8999.


Category: Truck Accidents

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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