Every year, trucking accidents cost millions of dollars, and are responsible for hundreds of thousands of injuries and thousands of fatalities. In the state of Texas alone, there are tens of thousands of accidents annually, resulting in over 500 deaths and thousands of injuries. Even though there are many safety regulations in place to reduce the incidence of trucking accidents on I-45, and other major highways, they cannot prevent them without compliance by more truck and other motor vehicle drivers, alike. To escape being involved in a serious truck accident, requiring the assistance of truck accident lawyers to file an injury claim, all drivers must be more aware of how trucking accidents happen, and do their part to prevent them.
Always Practice Defensive Driving
Defensive driving is an essential part of preventing all motor vehicle accidents - not just trucking accidents. It is essential that drivers always pay attention to the road and their surroundings, and be looking for the possibility of any problems in front of them.
Having the ability to react in time to avoid an accident is important, as is driving at a safe distance, using signals, and understanding that large trucks require extra stopping and accelerating distance. Learning how to properly merge at on ramps, by either driving well ahead of a truck, or allowing it to pass before merging is also key. Similarly, when passing, drivers must realize that it takes much longer to actually pass a big rig moving at highway speed, and ensure there is more than enough room to do so safely, without cutting the truck off.
Avoid Driving in the No Zone
Big rigs have four blind spots, commonly referred to as “no zones,” where their drivers cannot see what is next to them. These spots are just behind the driver’s side mirror, diagonally back from the passenger side mirror, 10 to 15 feet in front of the truck, and the first 25 or so feet behind the truck.
Truck accident lawyers suggest that traveling in any of these areas means the truck driver has no way of knowing a car is there. This can lead to a truck switching lanes and driving into another vehicle, rear-ending a car, or even the possibility of a passenger vehicle rear-ending a truck if the truck driver has to apply the brakes quickly. It is the truck driver’s responsibility to ensure there is no one in their no zone before making a move, but if other drivers are aware of these zones and avoid them, the risk of trucking accidents can be reduced even more.
Learn How Truck Accidents Happen
By understanding a little bit about truck behavior, and why truck drivers do the things they do, drivers of other vehicles can also anticipate certain actions and avoid problems on the roadways. It is crucial to understand that trucks need a large space between them and the vehicles in front of them, so jumping into this space puts everyone at risk. Passenger vehicle drivers must be aware of the fact that semi trucks make wide right turns, and realize just how important it is not to position their vehicle to the right of a truck making such a turn.
All drivers must learn to be patient with trucks that are trying to merge, get up or down a hill, or even pass slowly moving traffic, and slow moving vehicles in bad weather. By giving big rigs a wide berth in all directions, and respecting their presence on the road, drivers of other vehicles can avoid being a part, or the cause of trucking accidents.
By taking responsibility for their own safe driving, passenger and other vehicle drivers can play an important part in avoiding I-45 trucking accidents, and other highway accidents in Texas - and everywhere else for that matter. Slowing down, paying attention, and looking out for the movements that trucks need to make will keep everyone safer, and reduce the chance of trucking accidents. In the event that an accident does happen, the most favorable outcome of any injury claim is more likely by working with experienced and knowledgeable truck accident lawyers, who know how to build and represent the claimant in any truck accident injury case!
Pearland, Pasadena, Webster, League City, Webser, Manvel, Alvin, Friendswood, La Marque, Texas City, and Galveston
Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP
Robert W. Hildebrand, Attorney at Law
J. Daniel Wilson, Attorney at Law
7830 Broadway, Suite 122
Pearland TX 77581
Phone: (281) 408-2190