Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Automobile Acidents, Cars, Injuries | 0 comments

For so many truck drivers, driving for 11 hours straight and cross-county is normally part the job, thus trucks are built with sleeping berths where they can get the rest and sleep that they need to keep them from driving while sleepy or fatigued.

Different government agencies actually work together to make sure that trucks never become threats on the road as their size and weight are much more than enough to run over and crash any vehicle. But while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mainly focuses on improving the safety in the operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMV), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) turns its focus on both truck drivers and other motorists, constantly reminding the latter of the things they should avoid whenever they share the road with an 18-wheeler. These reminders are aimed at reducing risks of truck accidents and these include:

  • Avoiding blind spots. Truck drivers have multiple blind spots, such as the area directly behind the truck and truck’s passenger side. Blind spots (also called no zone areas) are areas where the truck driver will most likely fail to see the presence of another smaller vehicle (an obvious danger, especially if the truck were to make a right turn). Smaller vehicles should avoid these areas and, if going to drive past a truck, should do so at the driver’s side, where the diver will clearly see his/her vehicle.
  • Never driving too closely behind a truck. This is called tailgating and it is definitely dangerous, not only because you would be in a truck’s no-zone area, but because if the truck makes an emergency stop, the chances of a fatal accident may not be remote. Besides, tailgating also renders the (tailgating) driver totally unaware of the real situation of the road farther ahead, as well as greatly reduces his/her chance to reacting in time to impending road dangers.
  • Observe proper care at intersections. When executing a turn, trucks eat up multiple lanes, thus it is best that other vehicles always yield to trucks. Turning alongside trucks can prove fatal to drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles.

On its website, the Law Offices of Jeff Benton explains that truck drivers are never exempt from liability even if the vehicle it collides with in an accident is in its blind spot, or no-zone area. The truck drive is fully responsible in making sure that no vehicle is in the no zone area before he/she accelerates, turns or brakes his/her truck, as well as before he/she makes any lane changes.

Victims of car accidents, on the other hand, are sometimes advised to get in touch with an Oklahoma truck accident lawyer for them to know and understand their legal rights and possible actions against the liable parties.

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