Cars aren’t the only vehicles using America’s roadways; today, there are over 15 million trucks on the roads, two million of which are tractor trailers. Hiring a truck accident lawyer or personal injury attorney in Atlanta will ensure your case is handled quickly and to your satisfaction. At Zevin & Rosenbloum, P.C., you’ll work with an accident attorney who has extensive experience handling car and truck accident settlements.
Driving Safely Around Trucks
Although handling a truck safely is the driver’s responsibility, there are steps you can take to make the road a safer place around trucks. Knowing how to drive safely around trucks can help to prevent serious truck accidents.
- Trucks have a number of blind spots, meaning the driver cannot see your car in one of these areas. Blind spots are located directly in front of and behind the truck—if you cannot see the windshield in your rear view mirror or the cab’s side rear view mirrors, the driver cannot see you. Additional blind spots are located beside and just behind the cab.
- If you want to pass a truck, speed up and do so in one smooth motion. Avoid driving next to a truck for any prolonged period of time, as this increases your risk for an accident if the driver loses control.
- Whenever possible, pass a truck on the left. This is the lane in which the driver will expect you to pass him; he may not be looking for swiftly-moving cars to his right.
- Remember that trucks must make very wide turns and some intersections may not be designed to accommodate them. Always stop behind the white lines on the road in an intersection and never try to turn right by passing a truck using the shoulder.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
In most cases, truck accidents are caused by factors outside your control. If you have been involved in a truck accident, contact Zevin & Rosenbloum, P.C. today at (404) 522-1616 to discuss your case with an experienced truck accident lawyer.
- The majority of accidents on the road, including truck accidents, are due to driver error. Truck drivers are often drowsy and overtired due to deadlines and inconsistent sleep schedules, which can cause them to nod off or respond slowly behind the wheel.
- Distracted driving is a common cause of truck accidents, including truckers who are talking on the phone, texting, changing radio stations, or trying to look at a map or GPS system.
- Road and weather conditions often play a part in truck accidents. Icy or wet roads, rain and snow, and high winds can all cause accidents even when truck drivers are vigilant.
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