Getting behind the wheel is a dangerous task. With so many vehicles on the roads of Texas, there are bound to be a large volume of accidents. Many of those accidents involve trucks. Large trucks, like tractor-trailers, are involved in some of the most tragic accidents. Today, we will take a look at the most common truck accidents and how you can avoid them.
A common cause of truck accidents is driver fatigue. This is a difficult accident to avoid as the driver of a car or SUV, especially since it is caused by the drowsy truck driver. If you suspect a truck driver is drowsy, you need to move your vehicle as far from the truck as possible in a safe manner. Drowsy truck drivers exhibit signs of swerving, swaying, late braking, speeding and even appearing to be falling asleep behind the wheel.
Another type of truck accident occurs when the truck swerves into your lane. This can be avoided by leaving plenty of space between your vehicle and the truck. You can do this by reducing your speed to fall behind. You will also want to stay out of the truck’s blind spots.
Weather conditions play a major role in truck accidents. Ice, sleet, rain, snow, flooding and wind can lead to accidents involving big rigs. Stay away from these trucks in inclement weather. If at all possible, stay off the roads entirely.
Distracted driving is another common cause of truck accidents. If you think a truck driver is distracted do not try to get their attention. Move as far away from the truck as possible and safely alert the authorities. Do not follow the truck or try to pass it.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you should immediately seek medical attention from responding emergency personnel. Do not refuse treatment or a trip to the hospital. Delayed onset of injuries can occur. You should also protect your rights and collect documentation of the crash.