We have all driven on the road next to large trucks. Given their size,
weight, and cargo, a collision with a large truck can lead to greater
injury than other types of auto accidents. Following are some points to
remember when sharing the road with these large vehicles so you can help
avoid harm and accident. Additionally, speaking to an accident attorney
in Atlanta can help you understand how to recover compensation in the
event that you have sustained serious injuries.
Mind the weather – Understand that large trucks may be affected by the weather in
ways that your vehicle is not. When roads are slick or icy, large trucks
will need extra room for stopping and slowing down, much more than needed
by a smaller vehicle. Also note that the trailer of a truck–with
its large, flat sides–can act much like a sail in windy weather.
Although trucks are heavy, the large surface area can cause them to be
pushed around in windy conditions, sometimes even causing them to topple over.
Watch for blowouts – A large semi truck can weigh tens of thousands of pounds. That
weight puts considerable wear and tear on truck tires. It is not an unusual
occurrence for a semi truck’s tires to blow out, causing the truck
to swerve back and forth. In fact, you may have seen the remnants of such
blowouts–large pieces of rubber sitting along the freeway. You should
watch out and prepare for such events.
Note the cargo – Although there are many rules and regulations about the type of
cargo a truck can carry and how that cargo should be secured, the truth
is that not all truck drivers are as diligent as they could be about safely
transporting their cargo. Watch for any items that appear to be poorly
stored. Note if ties or ropes appear frayed or broken. Watch for warning
signs indicating that the contents of truck’s cargo are dangerous.
You may want to give yourself an extra amount of space between you and
Understand their goals – For most drivers, our goal is to reach our destination as quickly
and comfortably as possible. For many of us, this may cause us to zip
in and out of traffic, alter our route due to congestion, or stop for
a break. Understand that although a truck driver would also like to reach
their destination safely, they also have the goal of getting their affordably.
Thus, they may be required to stick to a specific route or limit their
speed to save on fuel. Constantly slowing down and speeding up can cause
these trucks to consume gallons of fuel. Semi truck drivers may make strange
driving choices (like clogging up the left-hand lane in order to pass
another, slightly slower truck) in order to maintain a constant speed.
What To Do When You Have Been Injured in an Accident Involving a Large Truck
Although most truck drivers safely navigate the road, some may drive negligently
or recklessly. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile
accident involving a large truck it is essential that you contact a skilled
Atlanta car accident attorney right away. If you have questions about
who may be at fault for your injuries, how to deal with claims adjusters,
or whether you may recover for your damages, the personal injury attorneys
at Goldstein and Hayes, P.C., can answer your questions and assess your
case. We have years of experience helping personal injury victims navigate
the Georgia legal system to hold those responsible for their injuries
Contact us today.