When driving in close proximity to a commercial truck, such as on the interstate, you’re sure to have concerns about your safety. You know that one false move by a trucker can cause an accident, which can result in serious and life-altering injuries.
Understanding the most common factors that contribute to car-truck accidents can help you take steps to prevent trouble. Consider the following:
- Reckless driving: If you see a trucker driving in a reckless manner, such as excessive speeding or passing slow moving vehicles in the right lane, keep your distance. The farther away you are, the less chance there is that the trucker will involve you in an accident.
- Distracted driving: Truckers are prone to distractions, ranging from texting to talking on a cellphone to reading a map. There are telltale signs of distracted driving, such as if a trucker is drifting out of their lane of travel.
- Drowsy driving: The signs of drowsy driving are often the same as distracted driving. This is a common problem among over-the-road truckers, as they haul loads long distances. If they don’t get the necessary rest, they’re more likely to become drowsy while driving, thus increasing the risk of a crash.
- Driving under the influence: Drugs, alcohol and prescription medication can all alter a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
- Improper training: Operating a commercial truck is every bit as challenging as it sounds. The size alone makes it difficult to do so in a safe manner. And that’s why every trucker must receive the proper training before taking to the road.
There’s nothing you can do to control other drivers, but you can keep your eyes open for signs of distress. If you see a trucker driving in a negligent manner, remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible.
In the event of a car-truck accident, there’s a good chance of serious injury and extensive damage to your vehicle. Call 911, explain what happened and request that help be sent to the scene of the accident.
Your health is top priority, but as time allows you should file an insurance claim and take other steps to obtain compensation for your damages.