This week we are joined by Tenge Law Firm with an infographic on avoiding truck accidents and safe driving for work. Check it out below!
No truck driver climbs into their cab for the day expecting to get into a car accident, but with 11 million tractor-trailers on the highways around the country it happens. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found in 2009 that tractor-trailers and similar trucks were involved in over 280,000 accidents. These accidents result in thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries. When you compare the size of a tractor-trailer with the other vehicles on the road, it isn’t surprising that three quarters of the fatalities were in the passenger vehicle. Every driver plans on being safe while they are driving, so what’s the best way to avoid being in a motor-vehicle accident involving a large truck?
If you are driving a passenger vehicle you need to maintain safe practices when driving near a large truck. Many drivers want to place all of the blame for truck accidents on the driver of the truck, but that is not always the case. Being aware of how trucks operate and the limitations that the drivers have in visibility is key to staying safe when driving near a truck. The images in the infographic break down for you how much distance you should keep between your car and the truck and other areas you want to avoid when driving nearby.
If you are a truck driver, you are already aware of the many rules and regulations that are in your industry. Understanding and following these recommendations or rules will help you avoid being involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle. Maintaining best practices can help keep you and others safe while you are on the road. Following the maintenance recommendations and driving practices included in the infographic will help to keep your big rig running in pique condition.
Both truck drivers and passenger vehicle drivers play a role in avoiding being involved in an accident. If everyone does their part, we can greatly reduce the amount of injuries and fatalities that result from truck accidents every year.
Here is a useful infographic from Tenge Law on the facts and guidelines for safe truck driving for regular car drivers and truck drivers:
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Tenge Law Firm is a boutique injury litigation firm specializing in serious personal injury and insurance cases. It is all we do – period. We provide aggressive, diligent, and extremely thorough representation for injury victims and their families. Attorney J. Todd Tenge founded the Tenge Law Firm in 1992. Today, the Tenge Law team consists of highly skilled and experienced attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and staff who work together to achieve excellent results for injured people. We have worked hard to help our clients over the years, and now enjoy a reputation as one of the finest personal injury firms in Colorado. We have offices in Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins. Got a question? Tweet them here!