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Delaware Truck Driver Lawyers Advocate for Drivers Injured in Truck AccidentsInitial reports for 2016 indicate the number of fatal accidents involving trucks and buses rose a troubling 7 to 8 percent over the previous year. Tractor trailers are much more dangerous than regular passenger vehicles due to the weight and force they carry upon impact. Also, because of their height, cars and other smaller vehicles can become trapped underneath during a crash. There are precautions passenger vehicle drivers can take to avoid collisions with tractor trailers.

Commercial trucks can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds, making them more challenging to maneuver than passenger cars or other smaller vehicles. For that reason, drivers need to take a defensive approach when navigating around them. Tractor trailers require increased distance to come to a complete stop, nearly 20 to 40 percent more than cars. A lack of a safe distance between trucks and cars is one of the leading causes of truck accidents. Drivers should never cross directly in front of a truck and should pass them on the left whenever possible, as truck drivers have better visibility on that side.

If you find yourself in front of a truck, try to stay several car lengths ahead of them to prevent rear-end truck accidents. Like cars and SUV’s, trucks need more time and distance to stop in rainy, snowy, or foggy conditions. Tractor trailers also often suffer tire blowouts, another reason to allow plenty of distance when traveling behind them.

Trucks have limited visibility and sizeable blind spots. Try to remain as visible as possible to nearby truck drivers. If you can see a truck’s mirrors, the driver can usually see you. If you cannot see a truck’s mirrors, increase or decrease speed with caution until you can.

There are several new crash avoidance systems available on the market to help prevent car and truck accidents. Adaptive headlights increase visibility for car drivers and make cars more visible to truck drivers. Front crash prevention systems decrease a car’s speed when it gets too close to an object ahead. Some systems offer automatic breaking when a collision is imminent. Lane departure warnings alert drivers when they are about to veer out of their lane.

The number one rule of preventing all car and truck accidents is eliminating distractions. Looking away from the road for just five seconds is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. When distracted driving causes a collision with an 18-wheeler, the results can be deadly. Refrain from doing anything that prevents you from devoting your full attention to the road ahead of you, including eating, drinking, talking on the phone, and changing the radio station.

Delaware Truck Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Drivers Injured in Truck Accidents

The Delaware truck accident lawyers at the law offices of McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC fight for victims injured in truck accidents. Call our Wilmington, Delaware office today at 302-888-1221 or contact us online to get started. With additional offices in Philadelphia, Media, and Abington, Pennsylvania and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout the tri-state area.