Don’t Try This At Home (Or On The Road)
A statistic done by the United States of Transportation estimated that over 500,000 truck accidents occur each year killing or injuring a person every 16 minutes. There are over 8.9 million people in the United States who are employed as truck drivers. Because of the success of trade, the number of truck drivers and their trucks occupying the highways is steadily increasing. If you were taken aside right now and quizzed on the best safety precautions to take when driving near or around semi trucks, how would you do?
- Are you aware that semi trucks and trailers are most often 4 times the weight of the vehicle you are driving?
- Are you aware of how long it takes a semi truck and trailer to slow down?
- Would you know what to do if a semi truck began merging into your lane because you were driving in it’s “no-zone”?
- And finally, would you know what to do when driving near a semi truck when it lost traction on rainy or snowy roads going 65 mph?
If you struggled to answer any of the above questions please take the time to learn or even freshen up on the safety tips put in place.
Aside from learning safety tips when driving near or around commercial semi trucks, it is also important to practice defensive driving. We must remember that even though safety laws have been put in place, there is always room for human error. Please remember to buckle up, double check the pressure in your tires before traveling on a long road trip, check your headlights and taillights to make sure you are visible in the dark or hazy weather. Be responsible for you. If you or a loved one has ever been involved in a truck accident, the truck accident attorneys in Los Angeles can help. Call Fisher & Talwar today for a free consultation (213) 784-9670.
On a lighter note, we found a video clip from the TV series “Reality Road” which we have shared below. They use an expert driver to ride up a ramp and drive the Volvo truck hundreds of feet on it’s side wheels. We have shared this for your entertainment but please remember that this stunt took countless hours of practicing and years of truck driving experience. Not all truck drivers have the ability to recover gracefully or show control as the driver does in the film below. Take into account that mother nature and human error can intervene at any time making a simple trip to the store in your vehicle a painful, even deadly mistake when involved in a semi truck accident.