Every year numerous crashes happen between tractor-trailer trucks and cars
throughout Marietta, Georgia, and the United States. Sometimes these accidents
simply cannot be avoided; however, other times these wrecks happen due
to poor decisions made by the drivers of passenger vehicles and truckers alike.
So how can both passenger car drivers and truck drivers drive more safely
and avoid accidents? We have laid out some helpful dos and don’ts
to help both parties share the road and cut down on collisions.
The Dos and Don’ts for Car Drivers
Passenger vehicle drivers should stick with these tips to stay safe when
driving with trucks:
DON’T cut in front of heavy commercial trucks. Because a large truck requires more time to come to a complete stop, this
decision can cause a rear-end accident.
DON’T try to pass a truck on the right while the truck is turning right. Always remember that big trucks make big turns. Because trucks swing out
wide to turn right, drivers of passenger vehicles can get crushed with
the truck’s rear wheels.
DON’T stay in a truck’s blind spots. Large trucks have large blind spots or “no zones.” Drivers
need to either stay behind trucks, slow down, or accelerate to pass them
safely. Truckers can only see you if you can see their side mirrors.
DO give them room to drive. Tailgating a truck or other large vehicle is unsafe and puts your directly
in their blind spot. Not only that, but if the truck suddenly has to stop
and you cannot stop in time or someone hits you from behind, your car
could slide underneath the truck.
DO drive patiently. It can be tempting to want to honk or zoom around trucks that are driving
slower than you wish, however, this won’t help anyone. Oftentimes
since trucks have strict regulations they must abide by, their trucks
have speed limiters installed, which means they can’t speed up even
if they wanted to. If anything, by driving aggressively it could cause
The Dos and Don’ts for Truck Drivers
Additionally, truck drivers should stick with these safety tips to avoid
DON’T follow cars too closely. It is important to leave a good amount of space between the semi-truck
and the smaller vehicle in front of the truck. Truck drivers need to keep
their distance and maintain a safe speed to avoid rear-ending cars.
DO take mandated rests. Many truck drivers do not get enough sleep, which can lead to drowsy
driving and accidents with innocent motorists. Not only is it dangerous
but it is also unlawful for truckers to drive longer hours than they should,
which is a direct violation of their trucking regulations.
DO slow down in work zones. Many truckers do not slow down enough when going through construction
zones. According to Road Safe America, this causes about one-third of
work zone fatalities.
When Accidents Happen
Even though a lot of these tips seem like common sense, accidents still
happen between cars and trucks all the time. Whether a driver was breaking
the law, driving recklessly, or failing to share the road, collisions
between cars and trucks can result in serious injuries and even fatalities.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a
trucking accident, you may have rights to compensation.
Call our knowledgeable Marietta accident attorneys at Kalka & Baer LLC to discuss your potential rights to a recovery.
Your consultation is free.