Large truck accidents that take place on North Carolina roads can result in injuries or death to all involved. According to Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 66 percent of fatalities in crashes involving large trucks were in the passenger vehicles. Therefore, it is important for those driving lighter cars to know how to stay safe when sharing the road with large trucks.
It is a good idea to stay at least 500 feet away from any commercial vehicles. This gives them enough space to stop or slow down suddenly without causing a crash. When driving near a larger vehicle, drivers should be sure to stay focused on road conditions as opposed to a smartphone or other electronic device. Drivers should also take time to observe the actions of other drivers on the road. If a vehicle is swerving or braking in an unusual manner, it could indicate a drowsy or distracted driver.
It is possible for a commercial truck driver to be on the road while drowsy, impaired or distracted. Therefore, accounting for the truck driver’s actions can allow an individual to take proper actions to reduce the chances of an accident happening. It is also a good idea to take precautions if road or weather conditions are less than ideal on a given day.
A collision with a commercial truck could result in broken bones, concussions and other significant injuries. These injuries may require time in the hospital, surgery or medication to recover from or to control symptoms such as seizures. An attorney may review a case in an effort to get an injured victim the compensation that he or she may be entitled to. Victims might obtain a settlement outside of court or receive a financial award after a formal jury trial.