Research shows that accidents involving semi-trucks and passenger vehicles
can be extremely dangerous, especially for passenger vehicle occupants,
who are more vulnerable to serious, life-threatening injuries. So, what
can you do to avoid being involved in a collision with a semi-truck? In
this post, our Joplin
truck accident attorneys discuss the importance of driving cautiously and defensively
in order to prevent potentially disastrous and fatal accidents.
Did you know that 68% of truck accidents occur not in cities, but in rural
areas? Jasper County and Newton County residents are by now well aware
of the dangers involved in sharing the roads with big trucks, which weigh
between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds. According to the
U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 500,000 truck accidents happen every year, nationwide.
Of this number, some 5,000 truck crashes result in fatalities. Of the
total number of traffic fatalities each year in the United States, one
out of eight involves a truck accident.
In a collision involving a large commercial truck, the drivers of cars,
vans and SUVs are at a potentially fatal disadvantage. A tragic 98% of
all trucking accident fatality victims are the occupants of smaller passenger
vehicles. For this reason, it's essential that drivers of smaller
vehicles learn to practice defensive driving around large commercial trucks.
Avoiding semi-truck accidents in Joplin: Defensive driving tips
- Stay alert on the highways, particularly when driving near big trucks.
- Watch out for semi- trucks and tractor trailers when they are turning,
or entering/ exiting a highway.
- Slow down and give big trucks a wide berth and extra space in construction zones.
- Remember that large trucks need extra room in inclement weather. They simply
cannot maneuver or stop the same way a passenger vehicle can.
- Avoid driving in a truck's blind spots - if the driver cannot see you,
you are in danger.
- Never cut off a truck while passing, or drive aggressively to annoy an
Report aggressive truck drivers
Most commercial trucks are labeled with a telephone number on the back,
encouraging motorists to report aggressive or erratic driving. We encourage
you to use that number, should you encounter a dangerous trucker on the
road. Taking this small step can help make the roads safer for you, your
loved ones, and for all Missouri motorists. (Of course, you should pull
over in a safe place to make such a call, or have a passenger make it
for you. Don't contribute to an already dangerous situation by getting
distracted with your cell phone.)
The Jasper County truck accident attorneys at Aaron Sachs and Associates
offer a free consultation at our Joplin office if you or a loved one has
been the victim of a truck accident. Please
contact us today for more information: it won't cost you anything to find out if we
can help. Call us toll-free at 1-888-777-AUTO. Serving clients in Joplin
and the surrounding areas, including Carthage, Webb City, Sarcoxie and
Attorney meetings by appointment only