Truck accidents are among the most devastating types of accidents that can occur on Georgia’s roadways. While truck driver fatigue and failure to obey traffic and truck industry laws can cause an accident, car drivers can also contribute to truck accidents with certain driving behaviors. Here’s what not to do when you are sharing the roadway with a large truck.
1. Failure to Accelerate After Pulling Out In Front of a Truck
If you pull out in front of a large truck on a highway or another road, it’s important that you accelerate quickly in order to match or exceed the speed of the truck. If not, you may get rear-ended by the truck, who is unable to slow down or stop quickly enough to avoid hitting you. If you don’t think you can accelerate properly, just wait until the truck passes to pull out onto the road.
2. Getting Into the Right Lane as a Truck Is Turning
Big trucks make wide turns, and it may look like they are going into the left hand lane of the road they’re turning on, but they won’t stay there long. They’ll go quickly back to the right lane, and if you’re in the right lane, your car will most likely be hit by the truck. If you see a truck making a right hand turn, stay behind them until they’ve completed the turn and are back in the right-hand lane.
3. Changing Lanes Suddenly In Front of a Truck
If a truck is driving behind you and you change lanes suddenly or without much warning, you may be rear-ended by the truck. Trucks take longer to slow down than cars. Even when using their emergency brake, they may not be able to avoid hitting you if you’ve cut them off unexpectedly.
4. Driving Where the Truck Driver Can’t See You
There’s an old rule that says if you can’t see the truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you. When sharing the roadway with a truck, make sure you can always see the side mirrors when you’re behind the truck or traveling on either side of it. This way, you can be certain that the truck driver is aware of your presence.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Call a Lawyer Today
If you were in a truck accident, whether you believe your driving behavior contributed to the accident or not, it’s important that you secure adequate legal representation as soon as possible. When you work with Chalker Injury Law, you can trust that your case is in capable hands. Call today for a consultation at (678) 319-9991.