Avoid Truck Accidents This Summer with These Road Trip Safety Tips

September 6, 2013

Truck Accidents

Summer often entails road trips and family traveling.

However, approximately 500,000 commercial truck accidents occur each year, and road trips mean that more people are on the road and they are more susceptible to being involved in a truck accident.

When a passenger vehicle collides with a commercial truck, devastating results may follow due to the disadvantage of the smaller size of the passenger vehicle.

However, drivers can follow a few road trip safety tips to avoid getting in an accident. If they do still get in an accident, there are also steps that they may be able take to protect their legal rights.

Get Adequate Sleep

Road trips may entail hours of time on the road. Drivers must ensure that they get plenty of sleep before getting on the road. When they become tired, they should stop for a break or to sleep.

Avoid Distractions

Distractions can take the driver’s eyes off the road.

Avoid getting on a cell phone while you are driving. If you must call, text or email, do so while in a safe location or ask a passenger to complete these tasks.

If traveling with other passengers and especially children, make sure that everyone is entertained in a way that does not lead to you being unable to focus on the road in front of you.

Reasons for Truck Accidents

Truck accidents may occur for a variety of reasons that are the fault of the truck driver or trucking company. These factors include driver fatigue, distraction, the failure of their equipment, improper maintenance of the truck, drug use, alcohol use or the inexperience of a driver.

Have you been hurt in a truck accident caused by a driver’s negligence? Put our experienced Florida truck accident lawyers to work for you today!

Trucking companies often try to blame the passenger vehicle driver for all or part of the accident in order to mitigate the compensation that they will have to pay out. Trucking company lawyers may try to trick drivers of passenger vehicles into giving them evidence that will warrant them denying a claim.

By following these road trip safety tips and contacting an experienced Tampa accident attorney, you may be able to protect your rights with an experience advocate at your side. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 727-472-4021 to get started.

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