Beware The Big Rig
Driving on our busy South Florida highways can be quite a stressful experience, as many drivers ignore the speed limits and drive aggressively, creating dangerous driving conditions for everyone on the road. It is hard enough to feel safe when you are surrounded by passenger cars and trucks, but often times our interstates are filled with larger trucks as well. Unfortunately when a smaller vehicle collides with a larger truck such as a tractor trailer, the smaller vehicle fares much worse than the truck. During such a recent incident, three occupants of a minivan were injured and required medical attention after a collision with a tractor trailer when the truck driver lost control of his rig.
Causes Of Tractor Trailer Accidents
It happens so frequently, but why? According to State Farm, a variety of factors often contribute to tractor trailer crashes, but some of the main reasons include the size and weight of the truck, uneven loads and weight distribution, driver fatigue and distractions, and traffic or road conditions. More often than not, several of these factors combined lead to a tractor trailer accident – either by itself or involving another vehicle.
How Can I Protect Myself Against Involvement In A Truck Accident?
State Farm, along with pinpointing potential causes of tractor trailer crashes, offers a list of tips to avoid being involved in a collision with a tractor trailer. Safe driving is important no matter what other types of vehicles share the road, but the unique characteristics of tractor trailers and the hazards of sharing the road with them make it especially important to take extra care when driving near these larger vehicles. Some of these tips include being aware of a tractor trailer’s blind spot and making sure the truck driver can see you at all times, being sure to always use your turn signals so that truck drivers can be aware of where you are going, staying far enough away from the tractor trailer to allow them the extra space and time they need to brake or turn, and maintaining your own safe driving speed and making adjustments when necessary due to driving conditions and weather. In the event that you need to pull your own vehicle to the side of the road, be sure to pull over as far as possible to give passing traffic – including those large tractor trailers – room to safely pass you by.
Contact Us for Help
When you have been injured as a result of a truck accident, you want to be able to rely on an experienced attorney to help you learn how to proceed. Our truck accident attorneys will analyze the facts of your case and guide you through an often complicated legal system to help you obtain the best possible results. At Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale, our attorneys have decades of experience handling all types of accident and personal injuries. Let our experience work for you. Contact us by calling 954.556.5260 or visiting us online to schedule your no cost, no obligation consultation today.