Fatal truck accidents are on the rise in Texas. While it’s hard to determine the exact cause of this increase, a combination of driver errors and employer negligence might be at fault. Everyone can do their part to reduce the number of truck accident fatalities, including drivers in passenger vehicles. Here’s how you can avoid causing a truck accident.
How can people in passenger vehicles avoid getting into a truck accident?
One of the biggest causes of truck accidents is distracted driving. This applies to obvious behaviors like texting or talking on the phone while driving. However, this also applies to eating, drinking, brushing your hair, putting on makeup, looking in the mirror, flipping between radio stations and doing anything else that distracts you from the highway. If it’s not important, it can wait–and if it is important, pull over to the side of the road.
You should also be careful not to drive in a truck driver’s blind spot. Trucks are massive vehicles, and if a truck pulls out in front of you, the results can be deadly. Always make sure that the driver can see you in their rearview mirrors. Avoid driving too closely to the truck or driving close to the passenger side. This is especially important for motorcyclists, who can easily hide in a vehicle’s blind spot.
What’s the best course of action if you get into a truck accident?
Practicing these safety tips can help you avoid getting into an accident. But you can’t control everyone else’s behavior–and sometimes getting involved in a collision is unavoidable. Luckily, an attorney might be able to help you seek compensation after the accident. Your attorney may help you get in touch with the truck driver’s insurance company and file a claim to cover your damages.