We’ve all seen those large cargo trucks on the highway, moving products to a store or business. These commercial vehicles can be three times the size of cars and weigh many times more depending on what kind of cargo they are carrying. Often, commercial vehicle drivers are fatigued from long trips with little time for sleep, which can lead to serious and sometimes fatal accidents with the cars on the road.
The commercial vehicle accident lawyers at Advocates Law want you to stay safe while sharing the road with these large trucks. Below are some tips to make sure you stay safe when driving.
There needs to be at least 30 feet between your front bumper and the back of the commercial vehicle. Trucks are often much higher than cars and if they need to stop suddenly and you are tailgating, your car may slide underneath the truck and get wedged there, causing extensive damage to your car, and serious or fatal injuries to you and your passengers.
Commercial vehicles can take up to 40% longer to stop suddenly than cars on the road. If you were to cut off a truck and then needed to stop quickly, you risk the commercial vehicle rear-ending yours. Considering the weight and force of the truck, your entire car could be crunched up, severely injuring any backseat passengers. The force could also push you into another vehicle ahead of you, resulting in even more damage.
The old adage goes, “If you can’t see them, then they can’t see you.” This is especially true for commercial vehicle drivers. If you are unable to see the driver of the truck in his side mirrors, then you are in the vehicle’s blind spot. Staying in these blind spots is dangerous because the truck driver won’t be able to see you when they change lanes or have the need to stop quickly.
Many commercial vehicles have speed limits lower than standard cars on the road. Even if you get stuck behind a commercial vehicle that is going a little slower than the speed limit, don’t become an aggressive driver. You will likely be a distraction to the truck driver, causing an accident even if that was not your intention.
If you were in a car that was smaller than the cargo truck at the time of the accident, then you will likely be facing severe injuries and property damage. An experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyer like one from Advocates Law knows the ins and outs of dealing with commercial vehicle insurance. Your commercial vehicle accident lawyer will make sure your medical bills get paid or deferred while they also negotiate a fair compensation for your injuries resulting from the commercial vehicle accident.
Advocates Law has many experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyers you can speak with day or night, weekday or weekend. You don’t pay anything to us unless we win your case.