Truck Accident Prevention Tips

Truck Crash Lawyer

The level of injury and property damage that results from truck accidents tends to be more severe compared to other kinds of vehicle collisions. This is due to the sheer size and weight of trucks. In fact, most trucks weigh upwards of 50-80,000 pounds on average when fully stocked. If the truck driver isn’t careful, their presence can pose a danger to others on the road. Here are some tips to help reduce the chances of becoming the victim in a truck-related collision:

Allow plenty of space.

A bigger vehicle reduces the visibility of what is ahead on the road, including construction, hazards, and slowed or stopped traffic. By allowing more than enough space between your car and the truck, you have more opportunity to respond if there is a sudden change in road conditions. 

Be cautious of a truck turning.

Trucks require more clearance to make turns, and because of this, the trucker will have less visibility too. Even if you think you’ve allowed the truck sufficient space, maybe stay back a little farther. The best thing you can do is stay out of the way until the truck driver has successfully completed the turn.

Don’t cut off a truck on the highway.

Sometimes trucks get in our way or slow us down, but this is because they have to drive slower due to carrying so much weight. Instead of getting frustrated, remember that the truck driver is doing their diligence in practicing safe driving behaviors. Refrain from changing lanes too quickly in front of a truck, as there may not be enough time to stop it if you suddenly needed to halt. 

As our truck crash lawyer associates from Greenspan & Greenspan P.C. have seen before, the disaster that can ensue after a truck accident is often substantial. The everyday driver can use the strategies described above to help prevent themselves from becoming a victim in a truck accident.

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