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5 COMMON TYPES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS THAT ARE EASILY AVOIDABLE

By Luke Dow on October 05, 2015

Large trucks and commercial vehicles pose a significant risk to all road users. Due to their size and weight, a collision is more likely to cause extensive physical and property damage compared to a passenger car.These vehicles are also more difficult to maneuver, so just a moment's inattention from the driver can lead to a major accident. If you were a victim in a commercial truck collision, then you probably face steep medical bills, and you may not be able to return to work.

The Luke Dow Law Firm may be able to help you recover damages from the truck driver or trucking company. This compensation can pay for health-care costs and lost income - which can easily add up to several hundred-thousand dollars.

Austin personal-injury attorney Luke Dow will evaluate the circumstances of your accident and fight for the maximum compensation. Call us today at 512-518-4104 to schedule an appointment.

In the meantime, read on to learn about five common truck accidents that are easy to avoid:

1. Changing Lanes

Changing lanes or making an unexpected move in front of a truck is particularly dangerous.SafeRoads.com reminds readers that it is important to indicate their intention to change lanes clearly. Trucks require more stopping distance than regular vehicles, and any sudden moves may result in a serious crash.

2. Driving in Blind Spots

Commercial trucks have large blind spots due to their size and structure. If you cannot see the truck driver or the mirrors, then it is very likely that he cannot see you.

While it may not be possible to avoid driving in blind spots at all times - particularly if you are overtaking - it is critical that you limit your time in these zones as much as possible. If a truck does not see you, then he may turn in front of you and cause a catastrophic accident.

3. Misjudging Speed

Do not think that simply because trucks are large, they are travelling slowly. Many drivers misjudge the speed of trucks at intersections and pull directly in front of them. In these cases, the truck driver may have little option but to crash into your vehicle, because trucks are generally unable to stop before or maneuver around obstacles as easily as passenger cars.

4. Turbulence When Overtaking

According to Arrive Alive, trucks have a lot of turbulence around them when travelling at high speeds. If you are overtaking a truck, it is important to keep as much distance from the truck as you feel is safe. This will limit the influence of the turbulence on your car, and will give you room to correct your steering should the wind affect your vehicle's line on the road.

5. Wide Turns

Large trucks need a lot of space to turn. This means their drivers may need to swing wide to make the turn safely. This is particularly true at tight intersections. So be aware of turn signals, and give the truck plenty of space.

If you were in an accident with a truck, call the Luke Dow Law Firm at 512-518-4104. An Austin personal-injury lawyer from our practice will evaluate your accident to determine if you have legitimate grounds for a lawsuit.

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