Drive Safely Near 18-Wheelers to Avoid Truck Accidents

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Surf the internet for news on truck accidents, and you will find pages and pages of links to recent news stories about the devastating consequences of an entanglement between a passenger vehicle and big rig.

Commercial truck drivers are held to a higher standard of driving knowledge and safety than the average driver. They operate vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds and, in some instances, carry extremely heavy or hazardous cargo. It is incumbent on them to use extreme caution when driving.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers a number of safety tips for truck drivers including:

  • Always wear your safety belt
  • Reduce your driving speed in adverse road or weather conditions
  • Review maps and plan your route before driving
  • Be aware of your “no-zone” (blind spots where you may not see other drivers and accidents are more likely to occur)
  • Get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel
  • Pay attention to the road
  • Maintain a safe following distance
  • Watch the vehicles around you for brake lights and sudden movements

Whether you drive an 18-wheeler or passenger vehicle, the best course of action is to drive defensively. You may not be able to anticipate an accident, but by remaining alert and aware, you reduce your chance of being involved in one.

Here are some tips for driving near 18-wheelers:

  • Be aware and stay out of the no-zone areas
  • Leave plenty of room when passing
  • Do not tailgate or drive too close
  • Be aware at all times in case a big rig crosses into your lane
  • Do not cut truckers off – let them in

When driving in traffic of any sort, it is all about common sense. Driving near 18-wheelers means you need to be even more alert to avoid truck accidents.

However, if you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident, we can help. Located in the Peoria area, Keith Garrison of The Garrison Law Firm is a personal injury lawyer with experience assisting individuals in Arizona who have been injured by an 18-wheeler or semi-truck. Contact us today and let us assist you.


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