Large commercial trucks can be up to 75 feet long, and weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds. Because of the weight and size of commercial vehicles as compared to passenger cars, collisions involving the two often result in very serious and all too often fatal injuries. Truck accident lawyer Warnock MacKinlay Law has successfully represented many clients involved in horrific accidents.
Car/Truck Accident Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 500,000 trucking accidents occur in the country each year, and 5,000 result in fatalities. One out of every eight traffic fatalities in the U.S. involves a collision with a truck, and in tractor-trailer accidents, 98 percent of those killed were traveling in passenger vehicles.
The Importance of Driving Defensively
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a legal responsibility to practice safe driving techniques, make sure their trucks are well maintained, and obey the rules of the road, but drivers of smaller vehicles and passenger cars should drive defensively at all times, especially when trucks are present.
Some important defensive driving techniques to employ, particularly when sharing the road with large trucks, include:
- Avoid the trucker’s blind spots, or “no-zones”
- Don’t pass a truck on the right when the truck is turning right
- Pay close attention to a truck’s turn signals
- Use appropriate passing procedures
- Don’t linger alongside a truck when passing
- Avoid tailgating a truck by following too closely
- Don’t cut a truck off
- Never underestimate the size and speed of an approaching tractor-trailer
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