In the Atlanta metro area, we share the road with a large number of tractor-trailers. If there is a collision, however, we don't share in the injuries. The truck driver usually walks away.
Here are some ways you can keep yourself safe around when sharing the road with trucks.
Understand the differences between cars and trucks
Trucks are just bigger and heavier than cars. There are some differences you should know about.
- Trucks have larger blind spots. Truck drivers can't see cars that are immediately in front of the cab or behind the trailer. They have large blind spots on the both sides of the truck. If you can't see the driver is the truck's side mirror, the truck driver can't see you.
- Trucks take longer to stop. A fully loaded tractor-trailer driving at 55 miles an hour can take longer than a football field to stop. A truck that is speeding or overloaded takes even longer.
- Trucks may carry unsecured loads. Objects dropped in your path can become dangerous missiles.
- Trucks may throw "gators" on the road. Trucking companies often use retread tires on their trailers, which can separate and leave chunks of tires in your path.
To keep yourself safe, keep your distance from trucks. Be aware of trucks in your rear view mirror and ensure those trucks have time to stop if traffic slows or stops. Get out of the way if you need to in order to keep a safe distance.
If you or someone you love is injured in a truck accident, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Holding truck drivers and their employers accountable for the injuries and deaths they cause can help keep our highways as safe as possible.
The law firm of Garland, Samuel & Loeb in Atlanta offers a free initial consultation to discuss your rights following a tractor-trailer accident.