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Causes of truck accidents and safety tips to follow

On Behalf of | May 23, 2018 | Firm News

The more time you spend on the roads of Louisiana the more you’ll realize that there are commercial trucks everywhere.

Knowing how to safely share the road with these vehicles is an absolute must, as you don’t want to do anything that could result in an accident.

Here are some of the top causes of truck accidents:

  • Drowsy driving, such as when truckers don’t take breaks as often as they should
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving, which can result from things such as reading a map or texting
  • Lack of training related to defensive driving and safety concerns
  • Improper loading and maintenance of the vehicle
  • Reckless driving, including speeding, failure to yield and neglecting to use turn signals when changing lanes
  • Unrealistic schedules that force the trucker to drive too fast or remain on the road for too long without taking a break

Unfortunately, you don’t have any control over the truckers who surround your vehicle on the road. If people want to drive drowsy or text when behind the wheel, you can’t stop them from doing so.

However, there are steps you can take to improve your safety:

  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and commercial trucks
  • Never drive in a trucker’s blind spot, such as too close to the rear of the vehicle
  • Never pass a truck in the right lane
  • If you pass a truck, leave plenty of space when pulling back into the right lane
  • Do your best to avoid driving between two trucks
  • Be careful when merging into traffic, as it takes a truck longer to slow down or change lanes
  • If you must get out of your car on the interstate, move as far away from traffic as possible

When you understand the common causes of truck accidents and the tips you can follow to remain safe, you should feel better when you get behind the wheel.

If a truck accident does happen, move your vehicle to safety (if possible) and call 911. After receiving treatment you can learn more about the accident and your legal rights.