Avoiding accidents with large trucks

Large trucks like semis and big rigs can be very dangerous to others when a motor vehicle accident takes place. In fact, 194 of these commercial trucks were involved in fatal crashes in Florida in 2012, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are some common reasons why truck accidents usually occur, and staying alert while on the road could help avoid a serious accident.

In 2012, 73 percent of deaths from large truck accidents happened to those in other vehicles. Those driving passenger vehicles often commit unsafe acts when driving near tractor-trailers. It is important to have a general understanding of what a truck can and cannot do when it comes to actions like braking and accelerating.

Big rigs may not be able to avoid hitting a vehicle that merges improperly or suddenly in front of them. Drivers must ensure they have enough room when pulling in front of a moving truck from the roadside and accelerate sufficiently. Motorists should also avoid the areas where truck drivers have little visibility, which are beside and behind them. Winds and air turbulence may knock a vehicle into unsafe positions when passing a semi. Moving to the right of a semi when it is turning right is also dangerous.

The driver of a passenger vehicle can reduce the likelihood of a wreck with safe, informed driving, but some accidents are the fault of semi drivers. If the negligence of a commercial driver caused a truck accident, those injured may be able to seek compensation for their injuries from the driver or truck company by filing a personal injury claim. If a loved one is killed, the victim’s family could also seek compensation. It may be helpful to consult an attorney to help with this process.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Large Trucks,” Accessed Jan. 20, 2015