Many Americans hit the road during the summer holidays, taking a car trip to visit family and friends or to tour a new part of the country. Inevitably, taking the highway means sharing the road with large trucks. Although not every truck accident in Harrisburg can be prevented, motorists can help protect themselves and their families by practicing these top three safe-driving tips.
- Stay out of the driver’s blind spots. Because tractor-trailers are so large, a truck driver’s “blind spots” are significantly larger than those experienced by the driver of a passenger car. Particularly bad spots to avoid include directly behind the truck, alongside the left and right sides, and directly in front of the truck. If you are passing a truck, do so quickly and leave plenty of space between your car and the truck when you pull into the lane ahead of the truck. Remember that if you cannot see the driver or the truck’s mirrors, the driver cannot see you.
- Avoid swerving or cutting in front of a truck. Large trucks need significantly more space than cars to stop. An 80,000-pound tractor-trailer traveling at 45 mph needs almost 300 feet – the length of a football field – to stop completely. Stay aware of the road ahead and leave ample space between you and any trucks behind you.
- When traveling near large trucks on city streets, give the truck ample room to turn. Many large trucks make “wide right turns,” or turns that require that the truck use multiple lanes to navigate the turn. Stay well behind the truck until you are sure the driver has cleared the intersection.
Although practicing safe driving can reduce the risk of a Pennsylvania trucking accident, motorists may still find themselves involved in a truck crash that is not their fault. Motorists who are injured by a truck driver’s negligence may be entitled to compensation, including medical bills, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and other damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Harrisburg truck accident attorneys at Anapol Weiss. Our attorneys will review the details of your case and help you understand and protect your legal rights. Call Anapol Weiss today at 1-866-735-2792 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.