Do You Know How to Avoid Truck Accidents?
Did you know that truckers are the third largest motorist group using Nevada’s highways, after commuters and tourists? In 2018, 4,862 large trucks were involved in a fatal crash. Semi trucks, 18-wheelers, freight carriers, big rigs, and tractor trailers are examples of large trucks. The combination of large trucks and small vehicles can be deadly. If you are a driver on the road, do you know how to avoid truck accidents? Here we will provide tips for car drivers around commercial trucks. We will also provide safe driving tips for commercial truck drivers.
We hope these driving tips help you stay safe. If a truck accident injures you, seek medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, seek legal help from a personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers and staff ready to help you with your case. This is vital as while some law offices may work in this area, we are experts in representing our clients when they’ve become victims in truck, car, and more vehicle accidents in the Las Vegas area. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Tips for Car Drivers About Commercial Trucks
The Nevada Driver Handbook (Handbook) has a section dedicated to commercial vehicle safety. It reminds drivers to keep the following points in mind:
- In commercial vehicle and small car accidents, the people in cars are much more likely to be killed or injured.
- Large commercial vehicles cannot maneuver like a car or other smaller vehicles.
- Most crashes between large commercial trucks and smaller cars are caused by the car drivers.
- Large commercial vehicles have much larger blind spots than smaller vehicles.
- Large commercial vehicles take more time and space to slow down or stop.
It can be difficult to know what to do after a truck accident. That is why it is so important to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced truck accident lawyers who are ready to help you. We know how to build your case and use the facts so you have the best opportunity of receiving the compensation you are due. Don’t take chances by going without a truck accident lawyer. Our expert Las Vegas lawyers fight for your rights so you only have to put your attention on recovering from your injuries. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Car Drivers Should Avoid the “No-Zone” Around Trucks
If most crashes between commercial trucks and smaller cars are caused by the car drivers, what can drivers do? The Handbook urges drivers to avoid the “No-Zone.”
What Is the No-Zone?
According to the Handbook, the “No-Zone” is the area around large commercial trucks where cars “disappear” into blind spots. If truck drivers cannot see you, the possibility of a collision is greatly increased. Avoid driving in the side, rear, and front “No-Zone.” Below are the No-Zone descriptions as provided by the Handbook.
Do not “hang out” on either side of trucks. Trucks have big No-Zones (blind spots) on both sides. They are much larger than your car’s blind spots. If you cannot see the driver’s face in the side view mirror, he or she cannot see you. If that driver needs to swerve or change lanes for any reason, the chances of a collision are greatly increased.
Pass safely! Large vehicles need nearly twice the time and distance to stop as cars. When passing, look for the whole front of the truck in your rearview mirror before pulling into the truck’s lane.
Avoid tailgating! If the truck driver brakes or stops suddenly, you have no place to go and could end up running into them. Never pass behind a truck that is backing up.
Wide Right Turns
The right-side blind spot is doubly dangerous because trucks make wide right turns. Truck drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left in order to safely make a right turn. Or swing wide to the right to safely make a left turn. They cannot see cars directly behind or beside them. Do not “squeeze” between a truck and the curb.
Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility. If you have been the victim in a truck accident, you should seek legal advice from an experienced truck accident lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers can help you protect your rights and help you get the personal injury settlement that you deserve. With years representing clients in the Las Vegas area and winning them the compensation they deserve, it’s no wonder accident victims have come to trust Anthem Injury Lawyers. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
What Events Impact Commercial Truck Drivers?
Not all truck accidents are caused by car drivers. Truck drivers can cause accidents on the roadways as well. A study of large truck accidents by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gave insight into large truck accidents. It assigned three major types of critical events. The three events that made accidents inevitable in the study were the following:
- Running out of the travel lane, either into another lane or off the road.
- Vehicle loss of control due to traveling too fast for conditions, cargo shift, vehicle systems failure, poor road conditions, or other reasons.
- Colliding with the rear end of another vehicle in the truck’s travel lane.
While there are countless reasons for an accident, some factors associated with the large truck accidents included the following:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
These events and factors give insight into truck accidents and things that commercial truck drivers should be aware of when getting behind the wheel. If you have been the victim in a truck accident in the Las Vegas area, you should seek legal advice from an experienced truck accident lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers can help you protect your rights and help you get the personal injury settlement that you deserve. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Tips for Commercial Truck Drivers
Truck drivers are professional drivers. In general, they are the most experienced and safest drivers on the road. Commercial truck drivers have licensing requirements and must abide by certain laws. These requirements are meant to keep everyone safe. Drivers should obey the law and do the following to stay safe on the roads:
- Stay alert. Never drive drowsy.
- Drive sober.
- Maintain your braking system.
- Drive for the weather conditions. Winter driving can be especially dangerous.
- Slow down.
- Report unsafe or aggressive drivers.
- Proceed with caution on unfamiliar roads.
An accident involving a truck is dangerous and can be deadly. If you are a victim in a truck accident, seek legal help from an experienced personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Contact us at (702) 857-6000 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
Some people say you should handle your Las Vegas truck accident case yourself and skip the lawyers’ fees. Trucking cases can be complex. Your personal injury lawyer will have to deal with special trucking laws, commercial trucking company policies, and special insurance coverage rules. It is important to work with Las Vegas truck accident lawyers who can properly manage the issues involved in a complex truck accident case.
The effects of a trucking accident can be devastating. Work with experienced truck accident lawyers like Anthem Injury Lawyers who understand the complexities of your case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.