Preventing Truck Accidents in California

truck accident

Truck accidents are known to result in serious injuries and fatalities, and also cost the economy billions of dollars every year.

In 2011, more than 264 large trucks were involved in accidents across the state of California. Truck accidents can have a devastating impact, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities, and also costing the economy billions of dollars every year.

There are specific techniques to driving around trucks that every motorist must be aware of. Driving around a truck requires extra alertness and caution. According to Road Safe America, one of the most important things to do when you’re driving around a truck is to avoid driving in the blind spot around the truck. Keep this basic simple rule in mind. If while driving, you are not able to see the side mirrors of the truck, then take it for granted that the truck driver cannot see you. It is very important to be aware of the blind spots around the truck, and avoid these as much as possible. According to statistics, as many as one -third of all truck accidents involving a large commercial truck and a smaller vehicle take place in these blind spots.

Driving cautiously is extremely important, when you are right in front of or following a tractor-trailer. Avoid cutting in front of a large truck. Keep in mind that a large commercial truck takes a much longer time to come to a complete stop after the driver applies the brakes. The truck can collide with your vehicle with possibly serious consequences.

Use correct procedures when you’re passing a large commercial vehicle on the highway. Maintain consistent speeds while passing, and avoid loitering around the blind spots at the sides of the truck.

When you are sharing the highway with a tractor-trailer, observe the driver’s turn signals before trying to pass the truck. Observe closely if the truck driver is trying to make a left turn, and if he is starting a left turn, check which way the driver is signaling, before you try to pass the truck on the right.

One of our Meeting Locations: The Reeves Law Group 1 World Trade Center #800, Long Beach, CA 90831 (562) 528-3135

Speeding Can Cause Truck Accidents

tractor trailer truck accidents

According to a new study, approximately 19% of all truck drivers involved in truck accidents had at least one speeding conviction in the past.

In 2011, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 19% of all truck drivers involved in accidents had at least one speeding conviction in the past. Speeding can be a major factor contributing to tractor-trailer truck accidents in the United States.

Speeding for a truck driver could mean any number of things. For instance, a trucker is required to drive at the speed limits that are posted on the highway. However, there are times when driving at the posted speed limits can be dangerous.  For instance, when a truck driver is driving in bad weather, his chances of being involved in an accident may be much greater, even if he is traveling at the posted speed limits. During snowy weather, or heavy rain, or stormy or windy conditions, a truck driver must use caution to drive extra safety. In such cases, he must drop his speed to appropriate limits, in order to avoid losing control of his truck in adverse weather conditions.

Similarly, when a truck is operating in road conditions that do not allow him to travel at the posted speed limits, the driver must drop speeds to accommodate these conditions. An experienced driver should be able to judge what kind of speeds are ideal for these specific road and weather conditions.

Driving at excessive speeds can cause a truck driver to lose control of the truck, and can cause a truck rollover. Driving too fast on roads that have been made to wet by rain can cause hydroplaning, which can also increase the risk of an accident. A truck driver who is driving at excessive speeds may also not be able to stop the truck in time to avoid an accident. There is also a real danger of jackknifing  because of excessive speeds.

One of our Meeting Locations: The Reeves Law Group 43141 Business Center Pkwy #200a, Lancaster, CA 93535 (661) 202-3142

Tips for Safe Driving Around Trucks

truck accident

According to statistics by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Inspection, 78 % of the occupants of smaller vehicles that are involved in a crash with a large commercial truck, are killed.

If you are a motorist  in a truck accident, you are at a much higher risk of being involved in fatalities, compared to the occupants of the truck. According to statistics by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Inspection, 78 % of the occupants of smaller vehicles that are involved in a crash with a large commercial truck, are killed. Motorists should be aware of safe driving around trucks.

Many accidents are caused by commercial truck drivers, who are speeding, driving aggressively, or distracted while driving. However, as the operator of a small passenger vehicle, you must increase your chances of being seen by a truck driver, and must reduce the risk of an accident as much as possible because ultimately, it is you and the occupants of your car who are at the highest risk of being injured or killed in the accident.

It is important to realize that you are sharing the road with a commercial vehicle that has a much longer braking distance. In other words, a truck takes a much longer time to come to a complete stop after the truck driver applies the brakes. That means that you must avoid cutting in front of a large commercial truck, because this will create an emergency braking situation that increases the risk that the truck will crash into your car.

Avoid driving in the truck driver’s blind spots. The driver may be unable to notice motorists driving in his blind spots, like the sides of the truck or right behind truck. Avoid being in these spots as much as possible, because it increases your risk of being involved in an accident. Just because you can see the truck driver, don’t assume that the driver can see you.

One of our Meeting Locations: The Reeves Law Group 3890 11th St, PMB 17, Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 324-5174

How Motorcyclists Can Avoid Truck Accidents

avoid-truck-accident

Occupants of smaller vehicles are at a much higher risk of being killed or injured when they’re involved in a truck accident.

Occupants of smaller vehicles are at a much higher risk of being killed or injured when they’re involved in a truck accident. However, if you are a motorcyclist, the risks of being injured or killed are simply magnified, because you have no protection that can reduce the risks of serious or fatal injuries in an accident with a commercial truck. It is therefore important that you protect yourself by riding safely around the truck.

One other major mistakes that motorcyclists can make while they are riding around a tractor trailer, is to stay for too long in the blind spots of the truck driver. There are danger zones around the truck, and motorcyclists who are in these blind spots, may not be noticed by the truck driver. That can have devastating consequences because the truck driver cannot avoid hitting your vehicle.

Never hang out in these blind spots, especially in the front of the truck, just behind the truck, and on the sides of the truck. If you are riding right in front of the truck, avoid slamming on the brakes suddenly. The truck will take a much long time to come to a complete stop, and can hit your motorcycle with catastrophic consequences.

Ride at safe speeds around the truck. Don’t use this time to try out stunts, or race the truck, or indulge in other foolish behaviors that can increase your risk of being injured or killed.

Always wear a helmet when you ride, and avoid helmets that are not certified by the Department of Transportation.  Increase your chances of being seen by the truck driver by wearing brightly-colored clothing, and use your signals liberally.

One of our Meeting Locations: The Reeves Law Group 1055 W 7th St #3333, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 271-9318

Go to top