Don’t Harass or Get Aggressive with Drivers
Truck drivers are imperfect beings like all of us, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to ride closely to them, honk excessively, or make rude gestures. Remember that in a strength and size contest, their vehicle automatically wins.
Truck drivers also work long hours and may be under lots of stress. Harassing them or being aggressive towards them can make them distracted and more likely to be involved in an accident.
If a truck driver is driving dangerously, get out of their way rather than jockeying for control of the road. Call the number you see on the back of their trailer or dial the FMCSA complaint line at 888-DOT-SAFT to report their dangerous driving. If they look like they’re about to cause a wreck, slow down and call 911.
Always Wear a Seat Belt
Seatbelts are part of critical vehicle safety systems that reduce the risk of injury or death. When getting tangled up in a truck accident, you need every safety measure you have to protect you. Ensure that everyone else in the vehicle is buckled up, too.
Stay Focused on the Road, And Always Drive Safely
Truck drivers can cause accidents by getting distracted, speeding, making reckless maneuvers, being drowsy, or driving under the influence of illegal drugs, prescriptions, alcohol, and over the counter remedies. So can you.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of vehicles cause accidents through their own negligence or risky behavior. Don’t contribute to the problem. Even if others around you appear to be driving in an unsafe way, don’t add to the risk. Back off, and let them risk their own safety. Report them to 911 if you feel like you or someone else on the road is in immediate danger.
Never drive drunk or under the influence of controlled substances. Never drive if you have not gotten enough sleep recently or feel drowsy. Never drive if you are taking medications or over the counter remedies that warn you to not operate heavy machinery after taking.
Being a safe driver can help you avoid situations where you contribute to risk and invite danger for others on the road. Even when other people are being reckless, staying calm and hanging back can reduce your risks of being in a severe accident with a large truck or any other vehicle.
Call an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
We all make mistakes, but sometimes we can be involved in an accident and get hurt through no fault of our own.
If you or a close family member has been hurt, you have the legal right to pursue a personal injury claim against all at-fault parties. “At-fault parties” can include a truck driver, their employer, a negligent maintenance company, or someone else on the road who caused a wreck.
Auger & Auger can represent your case and help you file a strong claim for all of your accident damages. We gather evidence for you and investigate fault to identify all potentially liable parties. We negotiate with insurers on your behalf. If we cannot reach a fair settlement agreement, we have the ability to help you recover your damages in court.
Find out about your legal options and the next best steps you can take to pursue compensation when you call (855) 969-5624 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation case review now.