As long as you are on the road, you are at risk of having an accident. For this reason, it is important to follow all traffic rules and avoid speeding. As a motorist, it is in your best interest for yourself and others to take great care when driving alongside semi-trucks. Despite all your best efforts you may become a victim of a truck accident.
After undergoing treatment for any injuries as a result of the crash, you should consult an accident attorney with experience handling trucking accident cases, as the minute details may prove difficult for amateur attorneys. If you have a strong case, you can proceed to file a lawsuit to get compensation for any injuries you may have suffered. The claim should also cover the costs of repairing your car and any time you may have been unable to work as a result of the accident.
Keeping in mind that trucks are large and carry heavy payloads, you should observe certain safety measures when driving near them to stay as safe as possible. Here are a few tips to help you while you’re on the road:
- Don’t change lanes in front of a truck
You should always keep a safe distance from trucks. When you have to change lanes, do not do so abruptly before a truck. Such an action can cause an accident since they cannot maneuver their vehicle as easily as a regular car.
- Don’t drive on the side of the truck for long
If a truck is intending to turn towards the right at the next intersection, you should avoid driving on its right side. It is especially difficult for the truck driver to see you if you are on his blind side. If they can’t see you, they can’t avoid you – it’s up to you to stay out of their way!
- Slow down when the truck starts to change lanes
Many people fail to appreciate the fact that a truck needs a lot of space to change lanes. Furthermore, when the road ahead merges into one lane, you need to leave a lot of space to avoid being hit by the rear of the truck.
As one of the leading car & truck accidents lawyers in Albuquerque, Parnall Law Firm has helped numerous clients receive millions of dollars in settlements for the pain and loss they’ve suffered as a result of a serious trucking accident. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a semi-truck and you believe they were at fault, call Parnall Law Firm today to set up your free consultation.