Steer Away From Danger: Avoiding 18-Wheeler Accidents

Though some accidents are impossible to avoid, too many times our attorneys see people who know they could have done more to avoid being involved in a crash. In Virginia, we see many accidents that involve large semi-trucks. These accidents often cause serious injuries, even deaths. The size and speed of these trucks, along with careless or dangerous driving, injure and kill thousands of people each year.

Many of those accidents should never have happened.

Is there anything drivers can do to avoid an accident with a tractor-trailer?

We believe that, yes, drivers of passenger vehicles can often act to prevent a crash with a big rig truck.

As a driver, you must remain alert to the moves that other vehicles are making around you. Before you pass a truck, observe its behavior. If the driver seems to be swerving—either onto the shoulder or over the center line—do not pass the truck. The driver might suddenly over-correct, leaving you without the time or space to avoid an accident.

If possible, avoid trucking routes. Large trucks are only allowed to travel on certain roads. If there is an alternate route that you could take to avoid roads congested with semi-trucks, take it.

Keep your eyes on the road

Avoiding distractions in your car can help you avoid accidents with trucks and cars alike. Please put down the phone and concentrate on the road ahead.

If, despite your best efforts, you are involved in an accident, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Norfolk accident attorney at Tavss Fletcher. As always, the initial consultation is free and the advice is priceless. You do not have to go it alone. Call today at 757.625.1214.

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