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How to Avoid Truck Accidents in Tennessee

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

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With approximately 2 million tractor-trailers on the road, truck drivers and motor vehicle drivers should be aware of ways to avoid truck accidents. Truck drivers are responsible for earning a commercial driver’s license (CDL) before operating a commercial vehicle and motorists are responsible for being extra vigilant when in the presence of big rigs.

Truck Driver Safety

After earning a CDL, the best way to stay safe on the road is also the most basic: know how to operate and keep control of your vehicle. According to the commercial driver’s license manual, all trucks should be inspected before, during, and after each trip. These inspections must be logged in case a truck needs to be repaired.

To make an accident less likely to occur, truck drivers should:

  • Accelerate properly at street lights to avoid rolling backward and hitting cars near the rear of the truck. In bad weather, gentle acceleration will help the driver keep control of the truck and avoid swerving into other motorists.
  • Always firmly hold the steering wheel with both hands. If driving on a rough road, slight bumps could jerk the wheel out of a driver’s hands and the driver could lose control.
  • Do not press hard on the brake. A gradual stop will be easier on the truck’s transmission and will keep surrounding vehicles from colliding with the truck.
  • Check all around before backing into a parking space. There are blind spots in a truck’s mirrors, so drivers should perform shoulder checks to make sure all angles of the road can be seen. Then, a driver should move slowly while backing up to ensure no other motorists are in danger.
  • Double check to make sure your payload is secure, that your tires are properly inflated, and that all signals function properly.

Motor Vehicle Driver Safety

The most important thing to keep in mind when driving near trucks is that the larger vehicles need more space on the road and there are more blind spots that can cause danger. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers several tips to motorists, including:

  • Stay out of blind spots. If you cannot see a truck’s mirrors, then the driver cannot see you. Motorists should speed up or slow down to remain visible to the truck driver.
  • Give plenty of space when passing a truck. A truck should be visible in the car’s side-view mirror before lane changing. When in doubt, give the big rig more space than you think is necessary.
  • Stay well behind a truck. If a car is too close to the back of a truck, it will be in a blind spot, so the truck driver will be unaware of the car’s position. This is dangerous, especially if the truck is forced to brake hard. This could result in a serious injury if the car collides with the back of the truck.
  • Anticipate wide turns. Trucks need more room to make right-hand turns, so they will swing right from the middle lane. Motorists should be vigilant and never try to sneak through from the right while a truck is about to turn.

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Truck Accident Attorney

When another driver is negligent, a car accident can occur, no matter how safe you are driving. Receiving compensation for your injuries after a truck accident can be difficult, but the Law Office of William F. Evans can help you get the settlement or verdict you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County truck accident attorney, call 423-449-7980.

Sources:

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/CDLManual.pdf

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/tips-driving-safely-around-large-trucks-or-buses

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