Semi Truck Accidents
Serving North East Ohio & Columbus
One person is killed or injured in a semi truck accident every 16 minutes. The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year. At first we would think that the semi truck driver is at fault, however, more than 75% of truck accidents are due to the driver of the passenger vehicle.
As drivers of passenger vehicles, we need to be more aware of the limitations that a larger vehicle such as a semi truck has when it comes to maneuverability and stopping distances.
Passenger vehicle drivers should always use their turn signals when changing lanes, pass with caution and always allow ample room when passing a semi truck or any other vehicle.
Pass with caution, be aware of the other vehicles around you. Avoid erratic lane changes, plan your driving, be aware of your exits etc. Pay attention to the task at hand which could be a matter of life and death.
Try to avoid lingering at the side of a semi truck, give them the chance to change lanes by driving either ahead or behind them. Do not crowd or box in a semi truck. Avoid their blind spots. Remember if you cannot see their side mirrors, most likely they cannot see you. Keep a safe distance when driving behind a semi truck.
Keep in mind that slower traffic usually should use the right lane, use the left lane for passing. We see more and more of this rule being ignored which can lead to a dangerous wild west effect on the highways.
Remember, the roads and highways are not playgrounds for your driving pleasure. They are a great convenience for all of us to travel just about anywhere in this country of ours. If we respect the highways and the vehicles and drivers that use them, all of us will be better off and safer each day.
To be careless while driving can cost you your life or cripple you for the rest of your life. It is just not worth being careless when driving a motor vehicle of any kind.
Let us help protect you and your loved ones. Call our Ohio truck accident lawyers at 1-800-365-0001 for more information or a free truck accident consultation.
The attorneys at the Eshelman Legal Group understand that no matter how cautious you are, others may not be so careful, and accidents do happen. So we hope you don’t need to, but if you are in a situation where you need the advice of an personal injury attorney, the Eshelman Legal Group is here to help you. For over 40 years we have been assisting accident victims, and we are here to assist you too... because “We’ll make things right.”
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