For California drivers, trucks are concerning due to their sheer size, the speeds they travel and reckless behavior. Statistically, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says there are an estimated 5,000 fatal crashes involving large vehicles annually. It is important to understand the common causes of a truck crash and take the necessary steps to avoid them. When they do happen, it is also wise to understand how to deal with the aftermath.
Truck dangers and ways to enhance road safety
Trucks present unique risks that may be mitigated if drivers are vigilant. Among the most common causes of a collision are speeding, drifting into other lanes, driving too close to other vehicles and driving while distracted. Accidents can be sparked by truckers and drivers of passenger vehicles, so everyone should adhere to proper safety practices. Drivers are advised to be cognizant of the basics of accident prevention.
Trucks have several areas where the driver cannot see vehicles in the vicinity. Blind spots are a frequent catalyst for crashes whether the other vehicle is ahead, behind, to the left or right. Distracted driving is a problem for all drivers as cellphones have become an ingrained part of daily life that is difficult to resist. Putting a cellphone out of reach, having navigation apps preprogrammed, limiting interaction with passengers and not eating or drinking behind the wheel are effective strategies.
Weighing the options after a truck accident
After motor vehicle accidents, people may face an extended recovery with costly medical care and problems returning to the life they had before. This can negatively impact their finances, their physical health and just about every area of life. When there is a fatality, the family left behind will inevitably wonder what to do next. Whether it was a trucker who was pressured by an employer to get a delivery to its destination faster; a victim confused about insurance; or a person who might not have filed the claim within the appropriate time frame, it may be useful to have experienced advice for help with how to proceed.