As the U.S. economy continues to grow, more commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers are needed to transport goods across the country. For Georgia motorists in passenger vehicles, traveling at high speeds on crowded interstates near these massive trucks can be intimidating and very dangerous. With more tractor-trailers on the road than ever before, the following tips could help Georgia drivers prevent truck wrecks.
Always remain cautious when sharing the road with tractor-trailers and try to spend as little time as possible near these trucks. Drivers who need to pass a tractor-trailer should always pass on the left and do so very quickly. Keep in mind that truck drivers have big blind spots on both sides as well as in the front and back. If the truck driver needs to move over, he or she may not be able to see vehicles that are in these blind spots.
If interstate drivers need to stop for any reason, they should pull over on the shoulder. If this is not possible, be aware of any trucks behind the vehicle and make sure to signal or start braking ahead of time, so the trucks will have time to slow down and stop. It should go without saying, but refrain from using a cellphone behind the wheel. Distracted driving is dangerous, especially near large trucks.
These days, tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks are seemingly everywhere. By following the aforementioned tips, drivers in Georgia may reduce the likelihood of a wreck. Unfortunately, truck wrecks often result in serious injuries or death. Those who suffer injury or loss due to negligence in a wreck may want to discuss the matter with an attorney. A successful lawsuit could result in substantial compensation to recover documented monetary losses.