Nearly nine million people are employed in truck-related jobs throughout the country and together they drive nearly 300 billion miles each year. This leads to nearly 300,000 truck accidents each year, which lead to an average of 74,000 of injuries.
It is up to everyone to work to reduce these accidents not just because we want safer roads, but because if you are driving a car, you are much more likely to suffer serious injuries than the truck driver. Remember that their vehicle weighs an average of 30 times what your car weighs and it is easy to see that you are the one truly in danger. Keep reading to find out how you can help reduce the number of truck accidents and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.
- Stay Out of a Truck’s Blind Spots
- Always Remember a Truck’s Slow Response Time
- Ensure Your Vehicle is in Good Shape
- Do Not Drive When You Shouldn’t
- Do Not Get Distracted While Driving
One of the simplest things you can do to reduce your chance of being in a car accident is to avoid a truck’s blind spots. Do not drive next to them unless you are passing. Never pass on the right. If you cannot see your vehicle in their mirrors then you should assume they cannot see you.
As you are driving near a big rig, do not forget that they have a much slower response time than you do. It takes them longer to stop and longer to get their vehicle to turn or otherwise be maneuvered. Avoid stopping in front of them. Avoid changing lanes quickly.
Make sure you are following your vehicle’s maintenance schedule to prevent any mechanical failures that can happen while driving. Get regular oil changes, have your brakes check, keep your tires inflated – the better maintained your vehicle is, the lower your chances of causing an accident with any vehicle, including a big rig.
You know that getting behind the wheel after drinking is a great way to increase your chance of being in an accident, but drunk driving isn’t the only type of driving to avoid. If you are on a prescription medication that says not to operate heavy machinery, that means you should not drive. If you are tired then you should not drive. Study after study has shown that being tired can be just as dangerous as being drunk when you get behind the wheel.
Stay off your phone. Do not take calls. Do not check texts. Do not even use your phone to change the song. It may seem innocent to take your eyes from the road for “just one second” but the truth is that not only is longer than you think it is, but once you have your eyes back on the road your brain needs several more seconds to process what it is seeing.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Arizona, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 now for a free legal consultation.