Accidents with large semis or delivery trucks are often catastrophic and deadly, primarily because of the size of the truck versus the size of the vehicle in which you are riding. This means that not only do the truck drivers have to practice safe driving, drivers of other vehicles and motorcycles also have to be cognizant of a truck driver’s presence on the road. Because of the size of the truck, minor driving mistakes on the part of the truck drivers like not using their directional when changing lanes can be disastrous when smaller vehicles are in their path and unseen by the truck driver.
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What Common Truck Accident Scenarios Should Everyone be Alerted to While Driving in the Presence of Large Trucks?
Automobile or motorcyclists often overestimate a truck’s ability to brake, accelerate, or even see the other driver’s on the road. A truck accident attorney knows that accidents often occur when other drivers assume the truck driver will act a certain way on the road and the truck the truck cannot because of its size.
Listed below are common causes of accidents between cars and trucks where the car was driving in an unsafe manner:
- Driving where the truck driver has limited or no visibility of your vehicle
- Trying to go around the truck on the right when the truck is making a right turn and has to maneuver to the left to do so safely
- Entering the road in front of a truck without considering the truck’s capability for slowing down or changing lanes effectively
- Cutting in front of a truck to change lanes
- Turning left in front of a truck because you misjudged the speed at which the approaching truck was traveling
- Passing a truck without leaving enough room for oncoming traffic
- Not getting your stopped vehicle safely out of a travel lane or sufficiently onto the shoulder
What Are Some Incidents Where the Truck Driver Is at Fault?
A truck accident attorney in Longwood, FL understands that many of us feel some sort of anxiety as we approach to pass a big truck on the interstate. Or a bit annoyed when stuck behind a truck in the passing lane attempting to pass another truck and still traveling below the posted speed limit. Generally, we can assume truck drivers have the appropriate training and skill to properly maneuver their trucks. However, we should always exercise additional caution when coming on a truck and passing. Being proactive and observant while around trucks can possibly be the main reason an accident was avoided. As a Florida truck accident attorney can attest, here are some of the primary causes for truck accidents when it was the fault of the driver of the commercial truck:
- Inexperience which comes from inadequate training in the areas of defensive driving, safety, and driving techniques
- Inexperience in inclement weather leading to accidents as a result of not being able to stop safely, negotiate turns or curves, changing lanes, or driving through mountainous or hilly areas with many elevation changes.
- Trucking companies give driver’s unrealistic expectations and deadlines thus encouraging drivers to drive faster and take risks.
- Trucking companies compensating drivers for delivering loads on a schedule that encourages drivers to drive for longer hours and at higher speeds.
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