Driving Near Large Trucks
Large trucks can be the cause of many accidents. Truck drivers cover incredibly long distances each day and may suffer from fatigue and therefore drive negligently or recklessly. Drivers may be unfamiliar with particular roadways or may be driving too quickly in order to meet time constraints imposed by their company. In addition, trucks may be improperly loaded or balanced, resulting in an increased risk of rolling over or losing debris, causing additional accidents among other motor vehicles.
However, passenger-car drivers can also be the main cause of a trucking accident. Small cars handle much differently than 18-wheelers, and therefore many motorists do not understand the difficulties involved in driving big trucks and how to prevent accidents.
- Be aware of blind spots: Large trucks are long and narrow. Because of this, they have increased blind spots and therefore may be unaware of motorists driving within certain limits. If you cannot see a truck’s driver in his or her mirrors, the driver probably cannot see you.
- Never cut off a large truck: Because of the size and weight of large trucks, braking is difficult and cannot be performed quickly. Never pull in front of a truck and then hit your brakes. The truck may not be able to slow down in time, causing a collision.
Although big trucks can be dangerous in the event of an accident, car drivers can prepare themselves by driving safely when near large trucks. However, even with safe driving practices, accidents can still occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a large truck, contact the Lake Geneva truck accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.