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How to Drive Defensively Around Trucks

Thousands of people are injured or die each year in accidents involving trucks and cars  according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Many cases related to trucking accidents can be prevented, so here are just a few safety tips we want to pass along.

Avoid Blind Spots When Driving with Trucks on the Road

Always stay visible. It’s a good rule to generally assume that if you can’t see a driver in their side mirror, they probably can’t see you. Trucks are huge and they also have huge blind spots on the sides and rear.

If you are caught in one of these areas and the truck attempts to change lanes or slams on the brakes, you could be in danger.

Give Trucks on the Road Plenty of Room

Trucks require more time and space to slow down. Consider giving yourself some extra room when following behind a truck in the event of a sudden brake or other event. Making sure you are visible to the driver of the truck is crucial as well. If possible, put a lane in between you and the truck.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings While on the Road

It’s important to pay attention to where trucks are in relation to your vehicle and whether or not they are changing lanes, turning, or slowing down.

Be aware of when trucks are coming up behind you, as well as their speed, so you can adjust or get out of the way if they are traveling at a different speed.

Contact the Top Atlanta Injury Attorneys If You’ve Had an Accident

These tips help minimize your risk of being involved in a crash with a semi-truck; however, even the best defensive driving skills can’t avoid all accidents.

If you have been in an accident and think the truck driver is at fault, contact the experienced truck injury and accident attorneys at Ashenden & Hollingsworth, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia. The team gets results when it comes to personal injury and accident lawsuits, and is here to help.

Fill out our online contact form or call (770) 394-8909 for a free case consultation.