Lexington, SC- Memorial Day kicks off the summer travel season, so if your planning on a taking a road trip be prepared for heavy traffic. The American Automobile Association anticipates 38 million road travelers across the U.S. and 500,000 motorists in South Carolina for Memorial Day Weekend 2016, the most since 2005. And you can expect some of the holiday road warriors to include semis, tractor-trailers, and other commercial trucks. That is why USAttorneys and their team of truck accident lawyers in Lexington wanted to share some tips motorists can follow to avoid being in a truck accident.
The majority of truck accidents are caused by passenger vehicle motorists, many of who don’t know how to share the road with commercial trucks. If you planning on traveling around Lexington, or anywhere else this Memorial Day, you can avoid a major truck collision by following these tips:A seat belt can save your life if you have the misfortune of being in a truck accident.
Firstly, and very importantly, buckle up! We cannot emphasize that enough, far too many fatal accidents involve a motorist who is ejected from a vehicle. Seat belts reduce your chance of being killed in an accident by half. That’s significant and even if a seat belt isn’t going to prevent a truck accident, it will reduce the severity of any resulting injuries.
Don’t drive too fast! Speeding is involved in nearly one-third of fatal accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It’s better to be a little late than crash into the rear of a tractor-trailer or lose control. Leave early so you can avoid feeling rushed
Don’t tailgate semis. You need to leave plenty of room to stop if traffic suddenly slows. A commercial truck is going to need even more room to stop; you need to leave a safe distance between you and a large truck.
Don’t cut a truck driver off. If you are in front of a truck or need to change lanes in front of one, you need to leave them enough room to stop if necessary.
Don’t drive in a driver’s blind spots. Tankers and other big trucks have blind spots that cover a greater area than a passenger vehicle. If the driver can’t see your vehicle, you could be involved in an accident.
Finally, don’t drive while impaired. It’s dumb, deadly and not worth the risk of killing someone or being incarcerated.
Semis, tractor-trailers, tankers and other commercial trucks are vital to South Carolina’s economy and the overwhelming majority of truck drivers prioritize the safety of all motorists. However, some truckers act negligently or make reckless mistakes that harm others. If you have been injured, we urge you to contact the truck accident attorneys at Lexington law firm McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates. Call their office today at 803-220-2323 and set up a free case evaluation.