Accidents involving motorized vehicles come in all different shapes and sizes. Any type of accident can leave you or a loved one with a catastrophic injury. However, due to their immense size and weight, Daytona Beach truck accidents can be some of the most serious.
How You Can Avoid Becoming a Statistic
Truck drivers are specially trained to handle their large vehicles and loads. Unfortunately, not all motorists are prepared to share the roads with tractor-trailers. Here are five safety tips to help you avoid a collision with a semi:
- Understanding the difference. You should use extra caution when approaching a large tractor-trailer. Keep in mind that trucks are much bigger and behave differently than cars. Never assume that a truck driver can react in the same way to a sudden road hazard.
- Never pass a truck on the right. Trucks have large blind spots, especially on the right, making it more difficult to see passing vehicles. Never pass a truck on the right, especially if the truck is changing lanes or turning right. Remember, if you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, the trucker cannot see you.
- Report unsafe truck drivers. Not all truckers operate their vehicles in a safe manner. Don’t hesitate to report unsafe driving behavior or loads that appear unsafe. Your phone call could be the difference between life and death for yourself and/or another driver.
- Avoid tailgating. Following a truck too closely could result in you slamming into the rear of it. Again, trucks are very large, making it difficult for you to see around them. A trucker may stop suddenly to avoid a sudden road danger, making it impossible for you to stop in time.
- Avoid driving in front of a semi. Never assume that a truck can stop as quickly as your car. Though you may be able to stop in time to avoid a hazard in front of your vehicle, a truck following behind you may not be able to. The last thing you want is to be rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.
A Collision with a Truck can have Catastrophic Results
Truck accident injuries can be some of the worst. You could be left with a debilitating injury and unable to earn a living or perform normal household duties. However, if your accident was caused by the negligence of a truck driver and/or the company they work for, you might be able to hold them liable for your injuries.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, you should contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach truck accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. Our goal is to help you get the compensation and medical treatment you deserve.