The holidays are filled with family, friends, shopping, food—and traffic accidents. An increased amount of traffic on the road and the high number of trucks clogging up San Antonio highways create the perfect combination for dangerous truck accidents to occur. Although factors such as trucker exhaustion, distraction, and failure to abide by safety protocol often cause these accidents, motorists can also play a role.
Keep Yourself Safe From Trucking Accidents This Holiday Season
In accidents that involve both cars and trucks, the trucks usually win. Injuries such as fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal damage are among the most common that occur after these crashes. You can never fully prevent accidents from taking place, but you can reduce the chances of them occurring by taking steps to keep yourself safe. The following are three examples:
Take care when making left turns. Motorists making left turns in front of tractor-trailer trucks are arguably the biggest cause of intersection truck accidents. Drivers commonly misjudge how much time and distance stands between them and the trucks coming towards intersections. Often times, they make the turn and become involved in collisions as a result.
Stay out of “No Zones.” No Zones are areas around a truck in which the driver is unable to see. If you dare ride in these areas, you put the safety of yourself and other drivers in jeopardy.
Don’t take chances when it comes to passing. All too often, motorists pull out in front of trucks abruptly, or pass without enough room. All of these situations put drivers at risk for becoming injured in serious accidents.
Protecting Your Rights After a Trucking Accident
Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you by accepting a laughable settlement offer. Instead, get the compensation you deserve. The legal team of Wayne Wright LLP has helped many truck accident victims get the help they deserved, and may be able to do the same for you.