When you’re involved in an accident with a semi truck, you and your family may suffer severe injuries. Semi trucks are larger and more dangerous than other vehicles on the road, and your vehicle may offer little protection.
In 2017 alone, more than 5,000 people died in truck accidents, and 180,000 people suffered accidents with injuries. This type of accident hit home recently, with a fatal accident in Lakeland, involving a semi truck and a motorcycle. In addition to our condolences, we would like to offer a few safe driving tips for sharing the road with semi-trucks.
1. Make sure the truck driver can see you.
The announcement on the back of those big trucks is true: if you can’t see them, they can’t see you! When you drive on the road with big trucks, make sure you can clearly see their mirrors. If you can’t get a glimpse of the mirrors, you’re probably in the truck’s blind spot.
2. Leave plenty of room before pulling over.
If you need to move over into the same lane as the truck, make sure there’s plenty of room. Try to avoid pulling in front of a truck as they slow down for a red light or stop sign. Truck drivers need more room to slow their vehicles than you need for your car, and pulling over in front of a truck could result in a rear-end collision.
3. Share the road.
No one wants to get stuck behind a semi, especially in stop and go traffic or if the roads have been more congested than usual. If you want to keep yourself safer, however, it’s important to share the road. Don’t attempt to speed up to get in front of a semi that is ready to change lanes. The truck driver may not have enough room to maneuver safely if you close off the lane–or they might not realize that you’ve moved.
4. Signal clearly.
If you need to make a turn, slow down, or change lanes, make sure you clearly signal your intentions before making the move. Fast maneuvers may not give a semi truck time to respond, which can increase accident risk. You should also learn how to respond to truck drivers: flashing your lights once, for example, can let the driver know that there is room for them to move over into your lane.
What to Do if You’re in a Car Accident with a Semi-Truck
Did you suffer injuries in a truck accident? If you or someone you know are in a truck accident, follow these steps:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Avoid making any statements to the police or the insurance company before you speak to a car accident attorney.
- Take photos of the accident scene to help provide evidence, if you are physically able.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible.
After a truck accident, an attorney can help ensure that you and your family receive the compensation you require, especially if you suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in the accident.
Contact The Crash Lawyers in Tampa Bay, to learn more about how we can help you receive the attention and compensation that you deserve, for your personal injuries.