Sharing the Road with Commercial Trucks
Although commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers are a necessary part of commerce, they are also involved in about half a million accidents every year in the United States. Unlike other vehicles, 18-wheelers and semi trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, making them highly destructive in the event of an accident. Thus, it is important for drivers of regular motor vehicles to be aware of how they can stay safe when sharing the road with commercial trucks.
No matter how safely you drive, you could still suffer serious injuries due to a negligent truck driver or trucking company’s actions. However, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your damages by taking legal action against the negligent party at fault for your accident. For more information about your rights and options, contact an Imperial Beach personal injury lawyer of Ritter & Associates today at (619) 296-0123.
Safety Tips for Driving with 18-Wheelers
As a motorist, you have to treat large commercial trucks differently than other vehicles because of their size. Semi trucks and 18-wheelers have larger blind spots than regular cars and also require more braking time because of their weight. With this in mind, you can decrease your risk of a truck accident by following these guidelines:
- Do not linger in a truck’s blind spots
- Do not tailgate 18-wheelers in case cargo falls out
- Give yourself plenty of room when going around 18-wheelers
Frustratingly, you can still suffer in a truck accident caused by the negligence of others.
At Ritter & Associates, we are committed to helping innocent victims of truck accidents take legal action so they can recover financial compensation to pay for their ensuing medical bills and other damages. Contact an Imperial Beach personal injury attorney today at (619) 296-0123 to discuss your case.