Delivery trucks and big rigs are the backbone of the United States economy. The more trucks you see on the roads, the stronger the economy is. These large vehicles also pose a problem as many can be involved in accidents on all types of roads in and around Houston, Texas. Follow these tips in order to avoid truck accidents.
As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you should never drive in the “no” zones of a truck. These zones are directly behind the truck and on the sides of the truck. These are big blind spots for the driver of the truck, leading to limited or zero visibility.
If your vehicle becomes disabled, do everything possible to get it off the roadway as much as possible. If you cannot, be sure to put out flares to warn other drivers. Never leave a vehicle abandoned in a lane of travel. Give other drivers advanced warning if at all possible.
Do your best to avoid driving between large trucks whenever possible. When you drive between large trucks, one or both of the drivers could lose sight of your vehicle and accelerate into you without even knowing it.
Many truck accidents are caused by drivers who change lanes abruptly in front of the big rigs or improperly merge into traffic. When you improperly merge into traffic near a truck, you will force it to change lanes at the last minute, which could result in the truck hitting another vehicle or tipping over.
Truck drivers are also responsible for preventing accidents in Texas. Any truck driver with inadequate training could cause an accident. Be sure that you have all the proper training prior to going out on your first run. Also, when truck drivers are encouraged to work long hours and make deliveries as quickly as possible by their employers, it can lead to accidents.
Have you been injured in a truck accident? An attorney can help you learn more about truck accidents and the steps to take to seek compensation for you medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.