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Top Five Ways You Can Prevent Truck Wrecks

prevent truck wrecksTruck wrecks can be devastating and turn your life upside down.  In addition to car repairs, you may miss time from work, become injured and incur expensive medical bills.  While more often than not the wreck is not your fault, there are some things you can do to prevent truck wrecks.  Here are the top five ways you can prevent truck wrecks.

  1. Watch For Blindspots

Given the size of trucks, it should come as no surprise that trucks have large blind spots.  If you are driving close to a truck, be mindful of its many blind spots.  As a general rule of thumb, if you cannot see the truck’s mirrors, you are in its blind spot.

  1. Scan Ahead

Whenever you are driving, you need to be aware of the area in front of you.  In addition to watching the vehicle directly in front of you, you need to watch the vehicle in front of you and around you.  Remember, trucks take a longer time to slow down.  If you see the vehicle in front of a truck starting to slow down, you should start to slow down too.

  1. Drive Patient in Traffic

Trucks take more time to accelerate and slow down than a typical vehicle.  During high traffic times, you may be tempted to zoom around a truck or quickly change lanes in front of one.  However, driving erratically in traffic around trucks can lead to a wreck.

  1. Don’t Tailgate

You should avoid riding directly behind a truck.  You need to leave enough room for you to come to a safe stop or make an emergency lane change.  If you leave a minimal amount of room, you will have a minimal amount of time to react.  Believe it or not, road rage is one of the top causes of truck wrecks.  Treat truck drivers with respect and avoid driving aggressively.  Don’t cut a truck off or drive uncourteously.

  1. Drive Defensively

Trucks are large and heavy vehicles.  They take longer to speed up, slow down, and change lanes.  When driving around trucks, drive with caution and be prepared for the unexpected.  If the truck makes an emergency lane change, you need to be prepared and ready to react.

While not all truck wrecks can be prevented, these are some tips to help you avoid a truck wreck.  If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you need a lawyer who can fight truck company defense tactics and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free case evaluation.