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Lower your risk of getting into a truck accident with these 3 tips

pSemiOnRoad_Depositphotos_24477957_m-300x200.jpgTruck crash fatalities rose by 27 percent between 2009 and 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Predictions by the American Trucking Association indicate that the number of tractor trailers on the roadways will experience significant growth over the next six years. The increase in heavy freight traffic may cause a car accident lawyer in Tennessee to be concerned that collisions will continue their upward trend. Safety experts recommend that passenger vehicle drivers follow safety precautions to lower the risk of a crash with a large truck.

  1. Blind spots

A blind spot is a space on the road around the vehicle that is not visually accessible to a driver. Most passenger vehicles have at least one blind spot. However, a tractor trailer has at least four blind spots that can prevent the driver from seeing a vehicle. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the largest of these are located on the right and rear of the truck, and these are typically referred to as "no zones" because they increase the risk of an accident. Smaller blind spots are on the middle of the left side and the right front corner. When truck operators are not visible in their mirrors, they probably cannot see the passenger vehicle, either. A driver who intends to pass a truck should do it quickly to reduce the amount of time spent in the blind spot.

  1. Wide turns

The length of commercial vehicles makes them have a longer turning radius. A tractor trailer frequently needs to swing out to the left when making a tight right turn at an intersection to avoid crashing into other vehicles or running over curbs and sidewalks. Correspondingly, a swing to the right is often necessary to make a left turn. A car accident attorney in Tennessee may know that when drivers are not conscious of the necessary space required for the turn, they can place themselves in danger.

  1. Following distance

Driving behind a tractor trailer can present a number of hazards to the passenger vehicle. For example, there may be traffic issues ahead that are not visible because of the size of the truck. Road debris may also fly out from the trailer's tires and damage the windshield of the vehicle following it. To provide enough time to react, safety experts recommend that a driver should allow a distance of 20 to 25 car lengths between the two vehicles.

Caution and proper driving techniques are not always enough to protect occupants of passenger vehicles from a truck crash. When truck drivers are distracted, fatigued or negligent, they put everyone on the road in danger. A car accident lawyer in Tennessee may be able to help the victim of a collision to receive compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damages incurred as a result.

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