Every year, over 5,000 people are killed in car and truck accidents across the country. It is not uncommon for truck accidents to cause debilitating injuries and extensive property damage to all parties involved. These types of accidents can be caused by the negligent actions of the truck driver or by the driver in the motor vehicle.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a North Carolina truck accident, you may eligible to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact Lewis & Keller today to discuss your legal options.
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Safety Tips for Drivers
North Carolina motorists should follow these driver safety tips to avoid truck accidents:
Avoid Blind Spots
Every truck has four blind spots, also referred to as “no-zones”; motor vehicles are not visible in these spots. One-third of all accidents between trucks and cars take place in the no-zone. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t see the truck driver’s mirrors, then the driver can’t see you.
Allow Plenty of Time to Change Lanes
On average, it takes up to 30 seconds to pass a large commercial truck that is driving at highway speeds. When you are attempting to pass a truck, accelerate your speed slightly, then maintain a consistent speed until you are able to pass. Do not hang out in the truck driver’s blind spot. Change lanes only when you see the truck’s grill in your rearview mirror.
Maintain a Safe Distance
Drivers should not tailgate large commercial trucks. Motorists should follow trucks at a distance of four seconds; this allows the car to stay out of the truck’s blind spot. Drivers that drive too close to a truck’s bumper are at risk of having a rear-end collision.
Keep Both Hands on the Wheel
Large trucks have the ability to create wind gusts. Make sure to keep both hands on the wheel when a truck passes you or if you pass a truck.
Give Trucks Enough Room
If a truck driver wants to change lanes, give him or her enough space to do so. In general, trucks need about 700 feet, or the length of 2 ½ football fields to change lanes.
Be Cautious in Bad Weather
A truck driver’s visibility decreases in adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow or fog, this can affect the driver’s abilities to react to dangerous situations on the highway. Wet streets make it more difficult for trucks to stop quickly, put extra distance between your vehicle and the truck in these situations.
If you observe a truck driving recklessly, call the police and report the situation.