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Truck Wreck Lawyers Advise Drivers on How to Remain Safe Around Trucks

May 8, 2015 - Truck Accidents by

Truck drivers generally go through extensive training to learn how to handle massive vehicles. Unfortunately, even though the Alabama Driver Manual provides information on sharing the roads with trucks, many drivers do not truly understand why they pose dangers to smaller passenger vehicles.

The average car is simply no match against semi-tractor trailer trucks. Considering that truck drivers can usually walk away from accidents that leave passengers of small cars severely injured or worse, every driver should learn some basic procedures that can protect them on Alabama roads.

Five Tips That Can Help Reduce the Risk of Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks are vital to our lives. They get the products we use every day to market, but many people think it would be nice if all large vehicles used separate roadways. Barring that unlikely scenario, drivers can be much safer by observing the following tips:

  • Recognize the “no zone:” Understand that driving anywhere around trucks or buses is dangerous. Drivers cannot avoid them, but there is no reason to linger near them for any significant length of time. A helpful online brochure, Don’t Hang Out in the NO-ZONE, published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, clearly illustrates the areas where other drivers are at risk for accidents.
  • Pass properly: The best chance of being seen by a truck driver is to pass on the left side. Keep in mind that trucks cannot react quickly, so give as much room as possible while passing and avoid cutting directly in front of the truck.
  • Take extra precaution on windy days: At any time, trailers can swing unexpectedly behind trucks and this is even more likely to happen during strong winds. This is another good reason why drivers should not linger on either side of a truck.
  • Expect wide turns: Anyone driving behind a truck is likely to notice the wide turn warning sign, but not everyone knows what it means. Since trucks need extra space to turn right, they may turn right from the left lane. Even a car stopped to the right of a truck at a light can easily be obliterated by a right-turning truck.
  • Beware of tire blowouts: The heavy weight of a semi-truck causes tires to blow out more frequently than those on smaller vehicles. Even tire remnants on the roads pose hazards for all vehicles, but being hit by blown tire fragments at the time of a blowout can be devastating.

In the Event of a Truck Accident, Seek Knowledgeable Legal Support

From a legal standpoint, trucking accidents are very different from small vehicle collisions. Anyone who sustains injuries or loses a loved one in a truck crash needs to turn to an attorney who knows the state and federal trucking laws — and understands how the trucking business works. Be sure to look for a Tuscaloosa truck wreck lawyer with the skills and experience needed to go against a powerful team of trucking company attorneys.

Additional Resources:

What is the NO_ZONE? Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Other Blog Topics:

Trucking Accidents in Alabama: More Semis & Greater Risk of Injury, Tuscaloosa Truck Accidents Blog

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