Commercial trucks present substantial hazards to smaller vehicles when they are involved in collisions. Both truck drivers and other motorists need to be aware of the dangers that these large vehicles present to minimize the risk of being involved in an accident.
Passenger vehicle drivers sometimes cause accidents with large trucks because they’re unaware of how difficult it is for truck drivers to slow and control their rigs. Truck drivers are unable to see vehicles that are driving alongside or directly behind them, so motorists should steer clear of these areas. When passing large trucks, drivers should do so quickly and tap their horns so that the truck drivers are aware of their presence. Motorists should also avoid changing lanes suddenly in front of large trucks, driving between big rigs and leaving their vehicles in the travel lane.
Truck drivers should be aware of the braking distances that are required to stop their trucks, have adequate training and always follow the speed limits. They should not drive when they are drowsy, and they should pay attention to the traffic around them and in front of them. They should also follow safety regulations for trucking at all times, including hours-of-service rules.
Truck accidents often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries to occupants of other vehicles. It is important for other motorists to respect the dangers posed by driving around large trucks and follow safe-driving practices at all times. When a truck driver causes an accident, the injured victims or families of those who are killed may be left with substantial expenses, losses and grief. A personal injury attorney may be able to help them recover damages when the accident occurs due to the negligence of the truck drivers who were involved.