Tractor trailer accidents can be fatal. The sheer weight of an 18-wheeler can crush any average passenger vehicle. It is impossible to avoid every potential accident but you can reduce the risk. It is our belief that knowledge is power. Understanding how tractor trailers work could greatly improve your chances of avoid a possible accident.
Several well-known sources can help provide useful information on tractor trailers. State Farm Insurance (http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/auto/safety/tips-for-avoiding-tractor-trailer-accidents) provided tips to understanding common mistakes made by drivers, while How Stuff Works (http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/maneuvers/how-to-avoid-jackknifing.htm) provides information for truck drivers. Edmunds.com also provides useful tips on how to avoid collisions in their article http://www.edmunds.com/driving-tips/how-to-share-the-road-with-truckers.html.
The following is a list of tips to help you avoid possibly fatal collision with a tractor trailer:
- 1. Blind Spots; every truck has blind spots due to their size. It is best to refrain from these locations (which included directly behind the tractor trailer). As a general rule, if you cannot see a truck mirrors, they cannot see you.
- 2. Sudden Stops; again, due the size of a tractor trailer it is incredibly difficult for them to make sudden stops. Do not cut directly in front of a truck then slow down or stop.
- 3. Patience; on the highway, when a truck is merging into traffic or when they are reversing. Handling a truck of approximately 80,000 pounds takes skill. It is not always easy and those around any tractor trailer should use an abundance of caution and be patient at all times.
Following a few simple rules can help reduce the possibility of a Maryland or Virginia Truck Accident. However, if you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer, it is imperative that they contact an attorney who understands the legal complexities involved with pursuing such legal action. An experienced truck accident attorney will understand how the trucking industry works as well as the local and federal laws governing its daily operations. Please contact our office for a free legal consultation. www.bobkatzlaw.com