Driver Safety TipsJuly 31, 2014
Each year, approximately 140,000 people are injured in car or truck accidents in the United States. Truck accidents can leave individuals with serious injuries and extensive property damage. Car and truck accidents may be caused by negligent truck drivers or inattentive motorists. Today, driver negligence is amongst the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an Alabama truck accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover damages for medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. Citrin Law Firm explores your legal options and conducts thorough research to analyze each and every case.
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Driver Safety Tips
Mobile motorists should follow these driver safety tips to avoid truck wrecks:
Be Cautious in Bad Weather
A truck driver’s visibility decreases in inclement weather such as snow, rain or fog; these conditions can affect the driver’s abilities to react to dangerous situations on the road. Also, wet roads make it harder for trucks to stop quickly; you will need to put extra distance between your car and the truck in these circumstances.
Stay Out of Blind Spots
All trucks have four blind spots, also known as “no-zones.” Vehicles are not visible in these areas. One out of three accidents between trucks and cars happens in the no-zone. If you can’t see the truck’s mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you.
Give Yourself Enough Time to Change Lanes
It generally takes up to 30 seconds to pass a large commercial vehicle that is driving at high speeds. When you are attempting to pass a truck, accelerate slightly, then maintain a consistent speed until you are able pass. Do not hang out in the driver’s blind spot. Make sure to change lanes only when you see the truck’s headlights in your rearview mirror.
Be Aware of Wind Gusts
Large trucks have the capability to create gusts of wind. Keep both hands on the wheel when you pass a truck or a truck passes you.
Maintain a Safe Distance
Motorists should not tailgate commercial trucks. Drivers should follow large vehicles at a distance of four seconds. This allows you to stay out of the truck’s no-zone. Driving too closely to a truck increases your chance of having a rear-end collision.
Give Trucks Enough Space
If a truck driver wants to switch lanes, give him or her enough room to do so. Trucks need approximately 700 feet, the length of 2 ½ football fields to safely change lanes.
While some collisions are unavoidable, following these guidelines will decrease your chances of being involved in a Mobile truck accident.
In 2009, 848 Alabama motorists died in a motor vehicle collision. Following the above driver safety tips is important to be safe; however, the vehicle must be frequently cared for in order to protect its passengers. There are a variety of steps that should be taken regularly to ensure the safety of your car or truck. Maintenance factors range in complexity and some factors may be outside the scope of a driver’s capability.
The following items should be regularly checked to preserve your car or truck’s security:
- Tire Pressure Gauge
- Regular Oil Changes
- Replace Windshield Wipers
- Headlights and Taillights
- Engine Quick Check
- Look for any leaks
- Keep an eye on all maintenance warning lights on dashboard
- Air filter
- Spark plug and cables
- Brake Fluid Replacement
- Seasonal preparation
Habitual maintenance on your motor vehicle could be the factor preventing an accident. At Citrin Law Firm, we care about the safety of the Arizona roadways and highways. Please take proper care of your automobile before getting on the road.
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