Poor Decisions Made by Drivers and Truckers

Every year numerous crashes happen between tractor-trailer trucks and passenger cars throughout North Georgia, and elsewhere in the United States. Sometimes these accidents simply cannot be avoided; however, other times these wrecks happen due to poor decisions made by the drivers of passenger vehicles and truckers alike.

Some of the decisions by passenger vehicle drivers that have led to these accidents:

  • Drivers cutting in front of heavy commercial trucks. Because a large truck requires more time to come to a complete stop, this decision can cause a rear-end accident.
  • Drivers trying to pass a truck on the right while the truck is turning right. Always remember, big trucks make big turns. Because trucks swing out wide to turn right, drivers of passenger vehicles can get crushed with the truck’s rear wheels.
  • Drivers staying in a truck’s blind spots. Large trucks have large blind spots. Drivers need to stay behind trucks or else accelerate to pass them safely. Truckers can only see you if you can see their side mirrors.

In order to correct these behaviors, drivers need to remember to look out for a truck’s signal before attempting to pass the large vehicle. Also, drivers need to wait until they see the entire length of the truck in their rearview mirror before pulling back in front of the truck.

Additionally, truck drivers have made poor decisions that have led to accidents:

  • Not slowing down in work zones. Many truckers do not slow down in construction zones. According to Road Safe America, this causes about one-third of work zone fatalities.
  • Not leaving enough distance between the semi and the smaller vehicle in front of the truck. Truck drivers need to keep their distance and maintain a safe speed.
  • Not taking care of themselves. Many truck drivers do not get enough sleep, which can lead to drowsy driving and accidents with innocent motorists.

Truck drivers always need to drive defensively and to be prepared for the unexpected. This is why it is critical that truckers keep their distance and maintain a safe speed while traveling anytime, in order to reduce collisions with automobiles. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an Atlanta auto accident with a truck, you may have rights to compensation. Please call a knowledgeable personal injury attorney at Kalka & Baer LLC to discuss your potential rights to a recovery.