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Top Tips for Sharing the Road with Large Trucks

18-wheelerAccidents involving larges trucks and buses can be devastating, particularly for the occupants of smaller vehicles. Truck crashes can result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and even death.

Of the 32,166 fatal crashes on U.S. roadways in 2015, more than 10% involved at least one large truck or bus. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which represented an 8% uptick from 2014.

To help stay safe on San Diego roadways, it is important to know how to share the road with these large vehicles. When fatal truck crashes do occur, 7 out of 10 people killed are occupants of the other vehicles.

By their very nature, large trucks and buses have large blind spots, long stopping distances, and limited maneuverability. Here’s several tips to help avoid an accident:

  • If you can’t see the driver in the truck’s side mirror, assume the driver can’t see you.
  • Give trucks plenty of extra room when they are turning.
  • Avoid passing trucks and buses on a downgrade where they tend to pick up speed.
  • If you see a truck driver operating erratically or unsafely, report it to the police and/or trucking company.

Crashes Involving Trucking Negligence

Drivers can do everything right and still be involved in a crash. In many cases, the trucking company or truck driver’s carelessness may be to blame for the accident. Negligent actions that may cause a truck accident include:

  • Impaired driving involving drugs or alcohol
  • Fatigued driving
  • Reckless driving, such as speeding or failing to obey traffic signals
  • Improper loading of the trailer
  • Improper truck maintenance
  • Defective equipment

When negligence does occur, victims may be able to seek compensation for their injuries, including reimbursement of medical expenses and lost wages. In fatal crashes, the family of the victim may also be able to pursue a wrongful death suit.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.