Some things are worth repeating and we think truck crash avoidance is one of those things. Atlanta highways are some of the most congested in the country. One of the challenges that comes along with that are truck accidents that can involve serious or fatal injury. Whether you are traveling on a local road or highway or you are on a interstate drive with your family, knowing how to travel safely around large heavy trucks is important. There is so much distraction on our roads these days. With large trucks and smaller vehicles sharing the road, paying close attention to what is happening around you is more important than ever. There are specific things you can do to protect yourself around these vehicles.
First, it is important to understand some key facts about trucks. Like smaller vehicles, they have blind spots, but truck blindspots are much, much larger. Know more about truck blind spots, could help keep you from a blind-spot truck collision. Because of this, it is important to be aware of where you are in relation to the truck’s blindspots. The general rule is that if you can see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirror, the driver should be able to see you as well. Conversely, if you cannot see the driver, it is likely you aren’t seen. Given these facts, try to avoid the blindspots, behind and on the sides of the truck.
Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-43, passing on the right is not allowed except under very limited circumstances. These circumstances include when the overtaken vehicle is clearly making, or about to make, a left turn and other limited situations when this can be done safely. If you can avoid doing so, do not pass a truck or large vehicle on the right given their large blind spots. Similarly, make sure you give as much space as possible when changing lanes around trucks and use your turn signal.
Due to their heavy weight, trucks have a longer slow or stop distance. It takes trucks much longer to come to a complete stop or to slow than it does for a small vehicle. This can be a factor in an Atlanta truck accident. Making sure that you have room to move around the truck and even that the driver sees you, is the safest way. If you are passing a truck on a downward hill, remember they will gain speed due to their weight so give the truck space and avoid passing on the right as noted earlier.
Conversely, when a truck is passing your vehicle be aware of how much space the truck has around you. If necessary reduce your speed a bit and let the truck move ahead. That way, your vehicle will spend less time in the driver’s blind spot. If a truck is passing you on the left and you have room to do so, move a bit to the right to allow more space.
Remember that in an intersection providing space around a large vehicle is very important for several reasons. One is that if the truck is about to make a turn, that turn is likely to be a wider turn that most vehicles make. Again, giving space is key not only to give room, but because you might not see other vehicles making turns due to the truck’s large size.
At Scholle Law we have a great deal of experience handling truck accidents and injury. If you need advice after a truck accident, please feel free to contact us for a free evaluation of your situation. We are very aware that these accidents can be traumatic and frightening. We are here to help the Atlanta area victims of truck accident and injury.