Is It Possible To Prevent a Truck Crash in Mississippi?Mississippi Legal News
The aftermath of a crash with a commercial truck is most often devastating and calamitous. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that when a smaller car collides with a larger car, the smaller car always takes on more damage and the occupants inside are more vulnerable to harm. Specifically, the IIHS examined crashes between small cars and mid-sized vehicles, and the results consistently showed that smaller cars did not hold up as well as their mid-sized counterpart. Now if a mid-sized vehicle can inflict more damage in a crash on a smaller car almost every time an incident happens, then a massive commercial tractor-trailer has the potential to impose absolute annihilation on much smaller vehicles and their occupants.
The number of large commercial trucks in Mississippi that are on the roads has been increasing. This makes sense, given the number of commercial truck accidents in Mississippi and across the United States is also on the rise. Large commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and have a length of 70 feet long which makes it very difficult for your average private sedan of about 3,500 to 4,000 pounds to fare well when a crash takes place.
Tips for Reducing Commercial Truck Accidents in Mississippi
There is no way to avoid any accident on the road because you can only control your own behavior, and if there is a reckless driver near you, their actions can cause an unexpected crash. Also, even though driver error is the most common cause of car accidents, vehicle defects and malfunctioning parts can also cause a shocking collision. When it comes to driving near commercial trucks, it is very difficult to impossible to avoid them so taking the right precautions when they are near can help minimize the chances of a collision.
If you are driving in and around the greater Jackson area, consider the following tips for driving near commercial trucks:
- Provide a sizeable amount of space between your car and the tractor-trailer. If you are driving too close to them when you are behind them or in front of them, the truck driver will have difficulty seeing you and any sudden changes can lead to a deadly commercial truck accident in Jackson.
- If you have to pass a commercial truck, do so on the left where the truck driver has the widest view of the road.
- It isn’t the most ideal situation for a smaller car to have to drive behind a large truck. But, if the truck needs to change lanes the truck driver may be doing so because having to hit the breaks poses a greater threat of an accident than it would be to move into another position. So allowing trucks over can be the best decision.
- Pass a truck when there is the option to do so but make sure to keep plenty of space so that you can be sure the driver sees you and you are not in their blind spot.
Meet With a Mississippi Commercial Truck Accident Attorney
Bob Germany is a Jackson commercial truck accident attorney that has settled up to $4,000,000 with various trucking companies in addition to settlements against truck manufacturing companies for more than $1,000,000. To schedule your free consultation with the Germany Law Firm, please call (601) 487-0555.