If you live in the United States, there is a good chance that you use a car as a regular means of transportation. From a short trip to the grocery store to a mini-vacation to visit friends in another state, driving is often the easiest way to travel. While most people don’t think twice about using their car, accidents do happen. When you’re on the highway, an accident with a semi-truck is one of the most dangerous types of collisions. In 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that out of 415,000 motor accidents in which a motorist was injured, 20 percent involved large trucks. Given the fact that there are far fewer trucks than cars on the road, this number should be taken seriously.
A collision of any type can be deadly but when you are in an accident that involves a semi-truck, the stakes are even higher. Semi-trucks travel at high speeds on the highway and due to their large size, they have the potential to cause catastrophic damage when hitting a smaller vehicle. Additionally, semi-truck drivers have often been on the road for many hours trying to reach their destination on time. They might be distracted and fatigued, so it’s always crucial to practice safe driving around semi-trucks.
Consider practicing these safety measures when you are driving near a semi-truck.
Allow plenty of space. Whether you are following or passing a semi-truck, it is important to give them plenty of space in case they need to stop suddenly. The general rule is that if you are traveling at 40 miles per hour, plan on taking four seconds to stop if a tractor-trailer stops abruptly in front of you. This amount of time could double in adverse weather conditions.
Make sure you are visible. Every vehicle has blind spots and since a semi-truck is longer than a regular passenger vehicle, it’s easier for smaller vehicles to enter a blind spot. If you are planning to pass, make sure that the driver can see you in their side mirror before attempting to pass them.
Watch out for distracted drivers. Distracted driving is a huge safety issue and semi-truck drivers are part of the problem. If you see a truck starting to swerve out of their lane or make a lane change without a turn signal, the driver might be tired or looking at a smartphone. If you suspect that a semi-truck driver is distracted, pull over in a safe spot and call the traffic authorities to report the incident. You might be able to prevent a future accident.
If you or someone that you know have been injured in an accident with a semi-truck in the Stamford, CT area, you understand how serious the situation is. Injuries, medical bills, time off work, and subsequent lost wages are all possibilities when you’ve been involved in this type of accident. You need dedicated legal representation to fight for your rights. The Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons, and Grant, LLC has extensive experience working on this type of personal injury claim. We will work to recover just compensation for your damages. Call us today at 203-348-2465 or contact us online to set up an initial consultation.