Sharing the road with a semi-truck can be challenging, especially when
traffic is heavy or road conditions are bad. In this post, our Missouri
truck accident lawyers provide five tips to help you avoid being involved
in an accident with a large commercial vehicle.
Preventing semi-truck accidents: Five tips for Missouri drivers
1. Pay attention. Of the thousands of car accidents that happen in the United States every
year, very few are unpreventable. In fact, all too many of these accidents
occur simply because drivers aren't paying attention - a mistake that
can be deadly, especially if you're traveling near a large truck.
Put away your phone, have a passenger tune the stereo, and don't be
a rubbernecker - someone who gets distracted by objects or happenings
outside their vehicle, like another car accident. Keeping your eyes -
and your focus - on the road can go a long way toward preventing many
2. Don't linger in a large truck's blind spot. Annually, experts say over 413,000 accidents are caused by blind spots,
and specifically, one-third of fatal accidents involving a passenger vehicle
and a semi occur within a semi's large, dangerous blind spots, which
are known as "No Zones." These spots are located to the left
and right of the truck's cab, immediately in front of the truck, and
behind the trailer. Here's a good rule of thumb: if you can't
see a truck's mirrors, the driver can't see you. When you're
passing, following, or changing lanes near a semi, be mindful of the truck's
blind spots and proceed with caution.
3. Don't cut off a semi-truck. Because they are large and extremely heavy, semi-trucks require twice
as much time and space to stop than average passenger vehicles , and that's
when roadway conditions are good. If you cut in front of a semi, the driver
may be simply unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.
4. Be predictable and use your signals. Since truck drivers need extra time to react to roadway hazards, you can
help make the road safer by making your intentions clear and predictable.
Maintain a consistent speed, pass on the left side, and be sure to signal
in advance (at least three full seconds) before turning or changing lanes.
5. Be respectful of other motorists, including truck drivers. A little common courtesy can go a long way. Remember that everyone on
the road is trying to get from Point A to Point B: stay calm, be patient,
and make safety your top priority.
At Aaron Sachs and Associates, our personal injury lawyers represent the
victims of Missouri truck accidents. If you've been injured in a crash
caused by a careless or negligent truck driver, it may be beneficial to
meet with an experienced attorney to discuss your legal rights and options.
Our firm offers a free initial consultation, and we work on a contingent-fee
basis, which means we don't charge you any fees up front. For more
information, please contact our office today: call us toll-free at 1-888-777-AUTO,
or click here to submit our easy-to-use "Do I Have a Case?"
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