According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 2,790 people killed in large-truck crashes in the year 2010, reflecting a 9.1 percent increase from the year 2009. Many of these accidents could have been prevented had the truck driver or other motorist taken more care to drive defensively and cautiously.
There are several safety measures motorists can take in order to prevent large truck crashes:
- Avoid traveling in the blind spot of a large truck. If you cannot see the mirror of a truck, the truck driver will not be able to see you.
- Look for a signal before trying to pass a truck. If the truck has a turn signal on, it may be about to take up a couple of lanes and you would be well advised to keep your distance.
- Do not pass a truck on the right if there is a chance that the truck is about to turn that way. They often have to swing far to the left before turning to the right in order to completely make the turn.
- Maintain a consistent speed when passing a truck and do not change lanes in front of a big rig until you can see the entire cab in your rear-view mirror.
- Leave about four to six seconds of space between you and a truck in wet conditions and at highway speeds.
- Never cut off a truck to make an exit.
- If you see unsafe driving behavior, pull over and notify the authorities. You could end up saving someone else’s life.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one as the result of a truck driver’s or trucking company’s negligence or wrongdoing, an experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer reached at (404) 995-3955 can help you better understand your legal rights and options.