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Safety Advice for Motorists Driving Alongside Commercial Trucks

Each and every day, drivers in the United States share the roads, freeways, and interstates with large, heavy commercial vehicles. Driving alongside such semi-trucks, tractor trailers, buses, or other commercial vehicles is inherently dangerous because of the sheer size difference between the trucks and passenger vehicles such as sedans, sport utility vehicles, or motorcycles. If a large commercial truck collides with a smaller vehicle, the driver and passengers in the smaller vehicle will often suffer severe, and sometimes fatal, injuries. Sometimes these accidents occur because of negligence or mistake on the part of the truck driver, and there is nothing the motorist could have done to avoid the accident. However, under usual circumstances, there are certain safety tips motorists may follow to try to keep themselves out of harm’s way when traveling next to large trucks. In the event you are involved in a truck accident, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Corinth truck accident lawyer for assistance as soon as possible.

 

The following are a few of the safety tips offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in an attempt to keep motorists safe:

 

  • Avoid blind spots—trucks have very little visibility when cars drive along the sides of their trailers, and zero visibility of cars driving behind the truck. Avoiding these spots means the truck driver knows you are there.
  • Do not cut off trucks—trucks take much longer to stop because of their weight, so when a car cuts in front, chances are high the truck may collide into the back of the car.
  • Avoid distractions—pay close attention to the brake lights and turn signals of trucks. Cars can usually react faster than trucks if a collision is about to happen.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

Additionally, if you are injured in a commercial truck accident, you should not hesitate in contacting a truck accident attorney to help you recover for your injuries, damages, and losses. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free initial consultation today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia