Truck accidents often result in catastrophic or even deadly injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 98 percent of accidents involving a truck results in at least one fatality. Our legal team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has put together a few tips to help you reduce your chances of being involved in a truck accident.
Stay Out of a Truck’s Blind Spots
One of the best ways to avoid being in a truck accident is to maintain visibility. 18-wheeler trucks have larger blind spots than cars do. A truck driver’s largest blind spot is on their passenger’s side, so it is best to pass trucks from the driver’s side. A great tip to know if you are in the truck driver’s blind spot is by checking if you can see the driver’s face—if you can not, you are most likely in their blind spot.
Keep a Moderate Distance
Drivers should maintain a good distance behind a truck. Following a truck too closely can prevent you from seeing hazards or obstacles ahead. When changing lanes in front of a truck, it is important to leave your blinker on for a few seconds to give them time to slow down. You should also give them enough room since truck drivers require 90 percent more space to stop.
Be Mindful When Turning
Drivers should be careful when making turns next to a truck. Trucks often have to make wide turns that take up multiple lanes, so it is important to give them space. Driving too closely to a truck when they turn could put you in their blind spot.
Call Our Washington D.C. Truck Accident Attorneys!
If you were injured in a truck accident caused by another person’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. The Washington, D.C. truck accident attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have been helping those injured in a truck accident for over 45 years. Our team has the knowledge and experience needed to help you obtain the best possible results for your case.
Contact our Washington, D.C. truck accident attorneys today at (202) 659-8600 to schedule a free consultation!