Tractor Trailer Accidents by the Numbers
According to data gathered by the National Highway Safety Administration, over 77,000 large trucks are involved in tractor trailer accidents with injuries each year. In 2012, nearly 4,000 drivers lost their lives in a trucking accident; and though these numbers have decreased over the past decade, the attorneys at Adams Law Firm are eager to see the numbers of injuries and fatalities continue to decline in tractor trailer accidents.
Tips to Help Avoid a Tractor Trailer Accident
Approximately one out of every eight traffic fatalities is the result of a tractor trailer accident. In the case of an accident, the size and weight of these trucking and tractor trailer vehicles add fuel to the fire. In fact, an overwhelming 98% of associated fatalities occur to the driver in the passenger vehicle. Given the high stakes of a tractor trailer accident, it's important to take precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. The following tips can help you staying safe while sharing the road:
- Stay visible. Trucks have much larger blind spots than passenger vehicles. If the semi’s mirrors aren’t visible, the driver likely can’t see you. Always use your turn signals, and pay close attention to those on the truck, as you may not be visible to the driver.
- Maintain a safe distance. Don't drive alongside trucks for longer than you need to, and refrain from tailgating; if you need to pass, use your turn signals and keep a safe distance between you and the truck.
- Stay alert. Fatigue, speeding, and sudden lane changes are among the myriad of causes of tractor trailer accidents. Be aware of the drivers around you - including any larger vehicles - and if you begin to feel sleepy, pull over.
- Be extra careful in poor conditions. Poor road design or road conditions create additional difficulties for truck drivers, and make it significantly more difficult to stop or slow. Be especially cautious when approaching a merge, and leave extra room when approaching or passing.
Do you need legal representation?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor trailer accident you may be entitled to compensation. Even if you think your injuries are not severe enough to warrant hiring an attorney, it can be valuable to consult with an experienced lawyer who is familiar with the complexities of trucking accident claims. If you choose to contact a lawyer, be sure to select a firm that treats you with dignity and respect. Ask your friends and family for recommendations, and ensure that the firm, like Adams Law Firm, offers free initial consultations to evaluate your claim.