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Safety Tips for Sharing the Road with Tractor Trailers

For the occupants of motor vehicles, a crash with a truck, especially a tractor trailer, can have serious and even fatal consequences.  Automobile drivers cannot always avoid an accident with a tractor trailer due to the inability to control the actions of the truck driver or his employer.  Truck driver fatigue, poor truck maintenance, driver substance abuse, and inadequate training, along with unrealistic delivery schedules, can all pay a role in tractor trailer accidents.  This leaves car occupants wondering what they can do to prevent a dangerous collision.

Fortunately, there are a number of defense driving techniques that automobile drivers can employ to significantly reduce their chance of being involved in a truck accident.  Our Miami truck accident lawyers have listed these driving techniques for you below:

  1. Recognize the operational limits of tractor trailers

It is vital that car operators understand the great differences between cars and trucks.  Tractor trailers do not have the same ability to maneuver in traffic that cars do.  Keep this in mind when you drive with trucks nearby.  Further, trucks take far longer to come to a complete stop than cars.  A car traveling at 55 miles per hour can stop within 265 feet, while a large truck may take over 315 feet to stop.

  1. Keep a distance between you and the truck

This goes for leading and following—keep a good distance between your vehicle at a tractor trailer.  If you need to stop suddenly, you want to allow the truck sufficient space to come to a stop without striking your rear end.  Likewise, if the truck slows in front of you, you risk riding under the truck and becoming seriously injured.

  1. Stay out of the truck’s blind spots or “no zones”

Trucks have a number of serious blind spots, commonly also called “no zones.”  Blind spots are places the truck driver cannot see in the rear or side view mirrors.  These blind spots exist to the left rear of the truck, the right front, and the back of a tractor trailer.  When your car is within a blind spot, the driver cannot see you or your car.  This puts you in danger of having the truck pull into your lane and crash into you.

To minimize the risks associated with no zones, do not travel alongside a truck for any longer than it takes you to pass the truck at a safe speed.  As you approach a tractor trailer, either pass it immediately or drop back in your lane and a safe distance behind the truck.  Make sure before passing a truck that its turn signals are not on and it does not appear to be moving, even slightly, into your lane.

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            Sometimes even the most cautious of drivers will be involved in a truck accident due to the actions of the at-fault trucker.  If you have been involved in a truck accident, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help restore you to the whole state you were in before the accident.  Our dedicated firm will fight to see that you obtain the recovery you deserve from the at-fault trucker or trucking company.  For over 130 collective years, our experienced attorneys have assisted truck accident victims across South Florida.  We seek to obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.


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