How to Prevent Getting into a Truck Accident
Posted June 9th, 2014 by Anthony Carbone, PC.
Categories: Auto Accidents.
When driving down the interstate, you may have felt a sense of apprehension as a giant tractor-trailer roars past you. These trucks are so big and can be intimating, especially if you are driving a small vehicle. Can you even imagine getting into an accident with one of these beasts?
This weekend’s crash involving the actor Tracy Morgan reminds us that anyone is vulnerable to a truck accident. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur in the U.S. ever year and of those accidents, 5,000 are fatalities. That means 1 in 8 accidents are fatalities, just like what happened this weekend. The causes for these accidents can range from driver fatigue to drunken driving to just normal human error.
So how can you prevent getting into a trucking accident? Well, like most accidents, it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen. But here’s some tips to be aware of when driving:
- Stay alert around large trucks. Remember they handle differently than your normal automobile.
- Avoid the truck’s blind spots. Keep in mind that if you can’t see the truck’s side mirrors, then the driver can’t see you.
- Don’t cut off any type of large vehicle. It takes some time for a truck to stop, unlike a car.
- If you see unsafe driving, such as weaving or erratic driving, call the authorities and keep your distance.
And if you do get into an accident, immediately call the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, PC. For more than 25 years, Anthony Carbone has been handling accident cases and knows how to get the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.