Avoiding Truck Accidents
Truck Accident Lawyer in Las Vegas, NV
Traffic collisions involving large trucks claim thousands of lives each year. In 2011, 3,757 people were killed and 88,000 were injured in truck accidents across the United States. As a motorist, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of being involved in such an accident. Take these into consideration when you drive, and if you are injured in a collision in spite of your best efforts, call a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer at Shook & Stone. We can offer insight regarding your legal options in the wake of a serious crash with a semi-truck, tanker truck or other large truck.
The following safety tips could help you avoid being in a collision with a large truck:
- Be particularly alert when sharing the road with a truck. Large and heavy, these vehicles are more difficult to maneuver and have larger blind spots than smaller vehicles. Knowing this, be aware of the truck's movements and never assume the driver can see you.
- Avoid driving in a truck driver's blind spots. Know that large trucks have much bigger blind spots than smaller vehicles. If you cannot see the side mirrors on a truck, the driver most likely cannot see you. In addition to avoiding blind spots on each side of the vehicle, avoid driving too closely behind or in front of a truck.
- Never pass a truck on the right when it is turning right. To negotiate certain turns, trucks must swing wide to the left. If the truck is turning right but swings to the left, do not try to pass on the right.
- Do not cut in front of a tractor-trailer, semi or other large vehicle. Large trucks require a far greater distance to slow and come to a complete stop than smaller vehicles, and putting your vehicle too close in front of a truck could put you in danger of being rear-ended if you must stop suddenly.
- If you must pass a large truck on the freeway or highway, be sure to use your turn signal and maintain a consistent speed as you pass. Wait until you can see the entire cab of the truck in your rearview mirror before you signal and move in front of the truck.
- Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and a large truck. In adverse weather or on the highway, maintain at least four to six seconds of space between your vehicle and the truck.
- If you witness a truck driving in an erratic, reckless or dangerous manner, report this by calling 911 or local law enforcement.
Reduce Your Risk of Injury
At times, even when we take precautions to avoid traffic accidents, we find ourselves victims of another's recklessness or wrongdoing. We can reduce our risk of injury by always wearing safety belts and insisting that our passengers do so as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seatbelts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury. They can reduce the risk of injury in a traffic collision by 50%. Wearing a seatbelt properly can reduce your risk of injury by preventing your body from colliding with the dashboard or steering wheel (depending on whether you are driving or are a passenger) and by preventing your ejection from the vehicle.
If you would like to find out more about truck accidents and the steps you can take if you were involved in such a collision, now is the time for a confidential case review with a legal professional at our firm. A Las Vegas truck accident attorney may be able to help you recover maximum financial compensation so you can rebuild your life.