Comedian Tracy Morgan knows from personal experience how devastating trucking accidents can be. After his limousine was hit by a Walmart truck, he suffered a broken leg, a broken nose and many broken ribs. Comedian James McNair, who was also a passenger in the vehicle, lost his life. This accident potentially could have been prevented if the truck’s driver had followed federal regulations that require truck operators to take at least 10 hours off between shifts. Instead, driver Kevin Roper decided to operate his vehicle after remaining awake for over 24 hours. Although there are drivers like Roper on the road, you can do your part to avoid colliding with them.
1. Stay Away from the Blind Spots.
A large truck has many blind spots, and it is in your best interest to know where these blind spots are so that you can avoid them. Some ignore this because they are aware that a truck driver who has received adequate training knows when there may be a vehicle in his or her blind spots. Well-trained truck drivers also learn how they can prevent collisions under these circumstances, but it doesn’t matter how much training these people have had if they are sleep-deprived or impaired by drugs or alcohol. Therefore, being impaired makes dangerous driving situations like right turns even more perilous.
2. Be Aware When a Truck Driver Needs to Make a Right Turn.
Tractor-trailers are so large that their drivers may find it necessary to take up two lanes to make a right turn. Before they do so, they will maneuver their vehicles to the left, but this provides drivers of smaller automobiles with an opportunity to pull alongside these trucks and into the drivers’ blind spots. The next move truck drivers make is to turn right without ever knowing that a smaller car is to the right of them. The result is that the other vehicle is crushed.
These truck accidents can be avoided if the truck driver engages the turn signal early. However, this does not always happen in the real world. When you see a truck driver suddenly move his or her vehicle to the left, always expect this driver to turn right and refrain from passing the vehicle.
3. Watch Out for a Jackknife Situation.
A truck “jackknifes” when the trailer spins around and ends up facing backwards. When this occurs, the truck resembles a “V” in shape. The danger may not end there for you if you are in close proximity because a jackknifed truck can easily roll over and take up several highway lanes.
The best way for a driver of a smaller vehicle to avoid being caught in the path of a jackknifing truck is to know when these types of collisions are likely to occur. If you see a truck driver suddenly apply the brakes or make a sudden turn, do your best to keep your distance. You know that you must be cautious when the roads are slippery, but slippery roads can cause trucks to jackknife, so remember to watch out for this possibility as well.
Have You Been Injured in a Truck Accident?
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