Safety Tips to Avoid Truck Accidents
For many motorists in West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas, driving along I-95 and other major highways and interstates is a fact of life. With cars changing lanes and zipping past you at high rates of speed, it increases your accident risks. This is especially true with truck accidents, which are unfortunately common in our area. The following outlines safety tips to follow when sharing the road with tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, and other big rigs, to help protect you and your passengers.
Four Tips When Driving Around Trucks
Florida has one of the highest truck accident rates in the nation. According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), more than 44,000 of these accidents occur here each year in our state. No doubt, this is in part to the number of major highways and interstates running through our area, along with the number of goods being shipped back and forth from ports and destinations throughout Florida. Add in the number of tourists, snowbirds, and year round residents that regularly travel these routes, and it is easy to see why truck accidents are such a major concern.
To help you reduce your risks of suffering serious and potentially life threatening injuries as the result of a collision with a truck or the ensuing pile ups that often result, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recommends the following tips:
- Stay out of blind spots: Trucks have huge blind spots in which other motorists disappear entirely from view. Known as ‘no zones’, they extend along the front, back, and both sides of the truck, from 20 feet or more in all directions. When driving alongside trucks on major roads and highways, avoid these areas as much as possible by either speeding up and passing or following behind at a safe distance.
- Pass safely: When you do attempt to pass by a truck on the road, stay alert and cautious until you are safely back in your lane. Use your indicators and make sure you can see the truck in their side mirrors. Avoid sudden movements or cutting the truck off when you return to the lane.
- Allow plenty of space: Allow plenty of space when following a truck, as traveling too closely could result in your vehicle slipping underneath if sudden stops occur. Trucks often move backward when switching into gear after making a stop, and require extra space when making turns.
- Be patient: Remember that trucks are heavy and awkward to handle. Honking your horn or acting aggressively in traffic does not help matters, and only increases your accident risks.
Let Us Help You Today
Despite your best efforts, truck accidents and injuries can still occur. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in this type of accident, you need an experienced Florida truck accident attorney to help ensure you get the compensation you need to recover. Call or contact Gregg Wexler at the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. online and request a consultation in our West Palm Beach office to see how we can help.