Traffic crashes can result in life-changing injuries or even death. Accidents involving
semi trucks are more dangerous than any other type of auto accident. According to
CBSNews, heavy trucks and buses were responsible for 14,000 fatal accidents between
2009 and 2013. Whenever someone loses his or her life in one of these
tragic accidents, it is important that we remember what we can do to try
to keep ourselves safe on the road.
Mother Killed by Runaway Semi Truck
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a Cartersville couple that
was on furlough from their mission work in Italy were struck by a runaway
tractor-trailer on their way home. A 30-year-old mother of two died at
the scene of the accident, while her husband and two young children were
injured. The driver of the tractor trailer was outside of his vehicle
performing a safety inspection when it began to roll. The parking break
either had not been set or failed. The driver may have been under the
influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, according to police.
What You Can Do to Keep Yourself Safe From Tractor Trailer Accidents
Sometimes, like in the case of this young family, there is very little
that can be done to prevent an accident caused by someone else’s
negligence. When you are hurt because of another driver’s actions
you should consult with a personal injury attorney like the lawyers at
Goldstein & Hayes.
While you can never eliminate the risk, there are a few things you can
do to make you and your family safer on the roads:
Treat tractor trailers like the dangers they are. A truck’s size
and weight make it inherently more dangerous on the road, regardless of
the skill and experience of its driver. Treat these large vehicles like
the dangers they are. Keep a safe distance between you and the truck at
all times. If you have to pass a truck, do so as quickly and safely as
possible and pay full attention to the road. Avoid driving next to trucks
for extended periods of time.
Make sure the truck driver can see you. Every vehicle has its blind spots,
and trucks have larger blind spots than most. If you cannot see either
the driver or his or her mirrors, then the driver likely cannot see you.
If you notice a truck’s turn signal is on, be particularly careful
as the truck driver may not be able to see you while turning or merging.
In an emergency, pull completely off the road. Typically, when people pull
over due to car trouble they pull over onto the shoulder of the road.
Doing this may lead to a truck hitting your parked car at full highway
speed. Instead, pull as far off the road as possible and be sure to use
your emergency flashers.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to an accident with a semi
truck or any other vehicle, the experienced attorneys at Goldstein &
Hayes, P.C. are here to help you with your case.Contact us today for a free consultation.