Tips for Preventing Truck Accidents

March 27, 2020

Large trucks are everywhere, especially in an agricultural hub like California. They’re an integral part of the national economy, but when you’re involved in an accident with a large truck, it could be devastating—even deadly.

Preventing semi truck accidents in Chico, CA is something that falls on truck drivers, trucking companies and car drivers alike. While you can’t control everything that occurs on the road, understanding how accidents happen and what you can do to stop them can help a great deal.

Common causes of truck accidents

The top two causes of semi truck accidents are driver fatigue and distracted driving. Driver fatigue has been addressed by numerous state and federal regulations, but many allege that they actually make the problem worse. For example, drivers can only drive 11 hours during a 14-hour period, after which they must be off for at least 10 hours. After driving for eight hours, they’re required to take a 30-minute break. However, plenty of drivers either speed to make up for lost time, or have a difficult time finding a safe spot to rest—choosing instead to illegally extend their workday and endanger other motorists in the process.

Distracted driving is also a major problem, for both truck drivers and laypeople. If you’re distracted behind the wheel, studies suggest that you’re up to 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. Distractions can include anything from talking on a cell phone to watching billboards or passing traffic to eating in the car.

How car drivers can help prevent accidents

The most important thing for you to understand is that it takes much, much longer for a semi truck to stop than an average car. While most non-commercial vehicles can stop in about 300 feet at 65 mph, a semi truck needs almost twice the room. This difference applies even at slow speeds. When you drive in front of a truck, keep in mind that it could be difficult for a truck driver to stop in time. Always keep an eye out and avoid driving carelessly around semi trucks.

Trucks also have large blind spots, making it crucial for you to be able to see their mirrors at all times—if you can’t see their face in their mirrors, chances are they can’t see you! Never pass on the right-hand side, and if there are difficult driving conditions like rain, snow or fog, make sure to give them plenty of berth.

Avoid talking on the phone while driving, and do your best to avoid all additional distractions. Giving trucks the respect they deserve will help ensure your—and their—safety.

Truck accident attorneys in Chico, CA

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident in Chico, CA, you need an attorney. The team of qualified attorneys at The Law Offices of Max G. Arnold, Inc. will fight zealously to ensure your rights are protected and you are compensated for your physical, property and emotional damages. With over 35 years of experience, we’re ready to aggressively represent you until your case is complete. Get in touch with us today to set up a consultation.

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