Is It Safe To Ride Next To A Commercial Truck?
A person cannot honestly know how horrific and terrifying a trucking accident is unless they have been involved in one. Due to the massive size of eighteen-wheelers, the incidents are often worse than fender benders between standard cars and trucks. Any type of collision can have devastating consequences though. So, it is in the best interests of everyone on Florida highways for all motorists to utilize safe driving practices.
For instance, there is no need to speed every time you find yourself behind the wheel. Speed limit signs are in place for a reason, which is not to help police officers meet their ticket quota. Instead, they keep people safe by preventing folks from taking curves a little too fast, stopping them from barreling down the open road, and nip driving through residential areas at excessive speeds in the bud. It is also a good idea to put some space between your car and a commercial truck.
Aside from their sheer size being intimidating, various things can happen on occasion, which may lead to a collision. A study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2016 alone. That number was a 2-percent increase from the year before in 2015. Of course, not every trucking accident is going to result in one or more parties losing their life, but the possibility is always there. Some other common damages from these incidents include...
• Burns, Lacerations, Contusions
• Spinal Cord, Neck, Back, And Brain Injuries
• Fractures And Broken Bones
• Internal Bleeding Or Organ Damage
Reasons To Keep Your Distance From Commercial Trucks
For one, there is no telling who loaded the cargo or if they knew what they were doing. If the load is not secured correctly, it could shift while the driver is going around a curve or turning down a street. When a car, truck, or SUV is next to the big rig as the event occurs, the result can be catastrophic. Additionally, if the commercial vehicle is speeding down the highway, the wind that comes out from under the trailer can cause problems. It often makes cars and trucks feel as if they have a steering issue. So, avoid getting too close to prevent happenings like these.
Another reason to keep your distance from eighteen-wheelers is driver fatigue. These operators are mandated to stop and rest by law. However, anyone that has ever been on the open road for an extended period knows that the action causes them to become drowsy and tired. So, even if the driver has taken the required time off, exhaustion and sleepiness can still set in. If the truck is swaying from side to side or continually slipping into another lane, an accident is sure to follow. Stay at a cautious range to remain safely out of harm's way.
Consider Hiring An Attorney
Trucking companies have lawyers waiting in the wings for when accidents happen. They do not have the other party's best interest in mind. In fact, in many cases, the attorney will even attempt to shift the blame to the victim. Plus, these firms prolong the proceedings in an attempt to get the plaintiff to settle for a smaller amount of compensation than they deserve. Don't allow these people to take advantage of you in your time of need.
Doing so could leave you with a substantial amount of debt on your plate. After all, medical, physical therapy and other bills pile up after accidents, especially considering the injured person usually has to take time off from work. Give our office a call for a free case review to find out where your claim stands. The team has represented many Florida residents, and they will be more than happy to do the same for you.